Franklin Borough Fire Department will host the Annual Sussex County Firemen’s Association Inspection Day and Parade.
The parade, in its 99th year, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. Lineup will begin at noon and the parade will start at 1 p.m. Departments from across the county as well as some from neighboring New Jersey counties, New York state, and Pennsylvania are expected to be onsite.
The Intercounty Judging Association will choose winners and awards are expected to be handed out around 6 p.m. at the Fire Department Memorial Park. Some of the categories are Best Appearing Engine, Unit traveling the Furthest Distance, Best Appearing Ambulance, Best Appearing Classic Car, Most Members in the Line of March, and Chief’s Trophy for Best Overall.
The parade route will be approximately 2 miles, going from Buckwheat to Evans to Main to Rutherford, back to Buckwheat to the Firehouse and Memorial Park.
Chris Ross, Chairman of the parade said,
“The parade is about our communities gathering together, showing pride in our work, and celebrating our volunteer,” parade chairman Chris Ross said.
Chief Fred Babcock Jr said in addition to the awards given out to all the hardworking men and women volunteers, spectators can compete in the tailgating category. Borough residents are encouraged to show their support along the route and start their tailgating activities in the morning in order to be part of the judging.
Franklin has hosted the event 16 times.