Get ready to scoop up some fun at the 65th annual Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Washington Township Firefighters Association. As always, the Ice Cream Social features great food and family activities, including an array of games for children. The social takes place for a third year at Fire Station 44, located at 6690 Centerville Business Parkway, off Clyo Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Activities include a display of antique fire apparatus, live rescue demonstrations, and tours of fire apparatus used by the Washington Township Fire Department. In the afternoon, Miami Valley Hospital's Care Flight helicopter will fly overhead and demonstrate an emergency landing. This year’s highlight will be a live fire demonstration comparing a typical living room fire with and without sprinkler protection. “Games and activities for children are plentiful at the Ice Cream Social,” says Dick Ewing, event chair and WTFA president. “Kids can, for instance, shoot water at a pretend fire, wind their way through a maze, play in mounds of fire-fighting foam, or explore a fire safety house.”
Besides cold and creamy ice cream, the menu includes hand-grilled barbecue chicken, hamburgers, slaw, baked beans and grilled corn-on-the-cob, all cooked and served by firefighters.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Ice Cream Social for a large assortment of prizes from local and area merchants. Proceeds from the raffle and food sales benefit the Washington Township Firefighters Association, an independent, charitable organization comprised of township firefighters. Proceeds in the past have gone toward the purchase of thermal imaging cameras, radio communication equipment, tools, uniforms, scholarships, training and more.