Hug a Firefighter!

It’s Fireman’s Day in Garner this Saturday, Oct. 6, a longstanding town tradition celebrating the work of our local heroes.

Also an annual fundraising event for the Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, the family fun day includes food, games, demonstrations, live music and of course, the Fireman’s Day Parade!

Oh, and there’s also a raffle to win $10,000, in case you’re interested!

The day’s schedule of events is set as follows – don’t miss a minute of the fun, and while you’re at it, hug a firefighter and say ‘Thanks for all you do.’

9 a.m., fire truck pull competition
11 a.m., barbecue plates, games, vendors
2 p.m., Fireman’s Day Parade
3 p.m., live burn demonstration
4 p.m., live music from Honey
7 p.m., raffle drawing for $10,000

Fireman’s Day is held at the Garner Fire Station #1, located at the corner of N.C. 50/Benson Road and Main Street. The parade begins and ends at Avery Street, and includes Main Street and Garner Road.

In other local happenings, check out Gene Watson & the Farewell Party Band, appearing Friday night, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Known as one of country music’s best ballad singers, Watson Gene has more than 72 charted songs, including 23 Top Tens and six No. 1 hits over his 40-year career.
General seating for the show is $28. For tickets, call (919) 661-4602 or visit

Fans of another country star, Garner’s Scotty McCreery, won’t want to miss an exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh, spotlighting objects donated by the 2011 American Idol winner. They include the outfit he wore for his final duet on the show in May 2011 – a black leather jacket, jeans, T-shirt and cross necklace – when he sang Live Like You Were Dying alongside country music star Tim McGraw.

The exhibit also includes the lyric sheet for Live Like You Were Dying, along with Scotty’s gold record for his first album, Clear as Day.

Finally, down the road in Smithfield this weekend, the eighth annual Ava Gardner Festival kicks off on Friday night, and runs through Sunday at the Ava Gardner Museum downtown. The fest features vintage films, exhibits, heritage tours and more. For info, visit



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