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Annual Firefighters Picnic At Gemmrig Park

By JJohnson | October 11, 2009

The picnic has been going on since about 1965 or so at Gemrig Park and in its current form. There used to be a picnic for each shift as there was A and B shifts at that time (no C shift yet). The LB Firemen's Memorial Association uses funds from the Fourth of July Fireworks Show to pay for the picnic. The LB Firemen's Memorial Association is comprised of LBFD members that volunteer their time to stage these events. There used to be a pizza night also. The Memorial Association and its founding members started the organization to promote a few social gatherings throughout the year to build up camaraderie and family togetherness amongst the department. The picnic had strong turnouts over the years, especially in the years when everyone was required to live in the city. Prior to the picnic at Gemrig Park near the police pistol range, families used to gather at a local city park where they would bring their own food. Somebody would organize sack races, pie eating contests, softball and other games for the families.

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