Johnstown will turn into an amusement park July 6-9.

Johnstown will turn into an amusement park July 6-9.

That's when the Johnstown Fire Department Association, Inc., will host the Fireman's Festival for the 36th time.

Association president Don Ryan said it's a community celebration with activities for children. Residents can enjoy carnival rides, games, raffles and entertainment throughout the week.

Rod Bemiller, the association's vice president, said there would be lots of musical entertainment at the festival, including the Big Red Band.

The festival gets better each year, he said.

"We have better crowds each year," Bemiller said. "Unfortunately, we do not have any more room to expand as far as bringing in more rides and more organizations because we're out of room."

Local organizations like the Johnstown Lion's Club, Johnstown Athletic Boosters, American Legion, churches and the Boy Scouts are also participating in the festival, which will be held along Phalen Place and Pratt Street as well as Oregon and South Main streets.

The parade on July 9 will start at noon, going down Main Street and ending near the town square.

The parade's grand marshal is Johnstown resident Ruth Krumm, who Ryan said has been a dedicated servant of the community for more than half a century.

"She almost single-handedly runs the food pantry for the Johnstown and Northridge area and has for years and years," he said. "She is just extremely dedicated to making sure within reason any family that needs food, she can provide it."

The association comprises about 50 current and retired firefighters.

Ryan said the festival is "a money making project" for the organization, which uses the proceeds to help pay for maintaining its antiqued 1941 C-Series Ford fire truck and a 1889 hand pump and hose cart.
The funds also go toward the association's building maintenance and yearly charities.

Bemiller said the bulk of the money goes to the Monroe Township Fire Department.

"We've purchased some squad equipment and some fire equipment that they would be unable to get if it wasn't for the festival," Bemiller said.

Ryan said the association bought the fire department a thermal imaging camera with proceeds from the festival a few years ago.

"Those kinds of things can help make life easier for the personnel and for the community," Ryan said.

The festival will run July 6-8 from 6 p.m. to midnight and July 9 from 11 a.m. to midnight.