GIRARDVILLE - Like many other fire companies in the coal region, the Girard Hose Company #1 of Girardville hosts an annual block party.
What makes it unique from the others is that the customary fire apparatus parade comes on the last day of the event, instead of the first.
On Saturday, fire companies from across the region came to show support for the fire company, as well as to show off their trucks, with the chance to take home a trophy following the parade.
Awards were given in the categories of Best Appearing Engine, Best Appearing Ladder, Best Appearing Utility, and Best Overall Fire Company. Special Judges Awards were also awarded.
Taking home first place in the Engine category was Schuylkill Haven's Schuylkill Hose Company. Second was William Penn Fire Company, and third was Cumbola.
In the Ladder category, Shenandoah's Rescue Hook & Ladder Company took home first place. They were the only appearing ladder truck.
In the Utility category, Mahanoy Plane's American Hose Company was awarded first place, and they also were the only appearing Utility.
Awarded Special Judges awards were Ringtown Valley Volunteer Fire Company, Locustdale Fire Company, and Northumberland County's Locust Gap Fire Company..
Best Overall Fire Company was American Hose Company of Mahanoy Plane.
Saturday also saw the band Toolshed Jack perform at the event, while visitors could purchase popular ethnic foods such as bleenies, and pierogies, and could also purchase 50/50 chances.
Full photo gallery upcoming.