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The Northwood Fire Department is expecting between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors to the area during the upcoming

140th Annual Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Convention, which will be held June 20-21.

The two-day event will bring to the area representatives of the 288 member fire departments from throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

“Northwood last hosted the event in 1978,” said Fire Chief Joel Whitmore. “There are many events over the weekend associated with the convention that are not just for members of the fire department. We encourage everyone to come on out and enjoy in the fun.”

On Friday, there will be a festival-type event behind the fire station on Tracy Road and in Brentwood Park. There will be live entertainment including music by The Bradberries, who recently participated in the opening ceremonies for the Toledo Mud Hens. In addition to the music there will also be vendors, firefighter challenges including a waterball tournament, games and other activities. In addition, VFW Post 2984 will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry.

Also on Friday, residents may notice several out-of-town fire trucks driving around the City of Northwood in what is known as “fire truck cruise night,” Chief Whitmore said. There will be no detours established for Friday. Parking will be available along Tracy Road by the fire station.

Firefighters will participate in a convention Saturday at Northwood High School.

Convention events will conclude Saturday, with a parade down Woodville from the intersection with Lemoyne Road to the entrance of Great Eastern starting at 1:30 p.m. In addition to more than 100 fire trucks, there will be high school bands, the Convention Queen and her court, floats and other groups marching along and showing their talent.

Because of the parade traffic, Woodville Road will detoured beginning at 1 p.m. Also, all side streets and driveways which lead to Woodville will be closed.

In order to accommodate vehicle traffic seeking to access the north side of Woodville Road between I-280 and Wheeling Street, a detour will be posted utilizing Curtice Road through the Office Max parking lot to Joel Street. Access to residences and businesses on the south side of Woodville Road can be made utilizing Oram Road. One lane of traffic will be maintained on Lemoyne Road.

The road will reopen as soon as the parade route is cleared.

In conjunction with the convention, the fire department is also sponsoring a “Big Ticket Raffle.” The grand prize is $10,000 along with $20,000 in other cash prizes. Tickets are $20. Only 3,000 tickets have been printed. Tickets are available from any member of the fire department and will be available at Friday-night activities. The drawing will be held Saturday morning.

For additional information call 419-690-1647 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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