Fire Department, Township prepare for upcoming Bath Days Festival

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By Courtney Culey
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer

The sky above Bath Township will light up during the Bath Days Festival thanks to the township board’s unanimous decision Monday, July 18, granting the event a fireworks permit.

The Bath Days Festival is scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6. According to the festival’s website, www.bathdaysfestival.com, the events include: Bath tub races, a parade, a car show, carnival rides and games, craft booths, and fireworks.

2010 Bath Days Festival starting line for the Bath Tub Races.

According to the website, the goal of the festival is to “bring the community together with family, fun and entertainment.”

Jennifer Wilson, the festival committee secretary, said, in a phone interview, the preparation takes a lot of work and the committee has been preparing since November.

Troy Feltman, Bath Township Superintendent, said the festival takes donations from various organizations to pay for the costs and insurance expenses.

According to Wilson, “The committee spent $3,500 on fireworks, and $5,600 on the carnival rides … A total around $15,000.” The costs were covered in full by donations and sponsors.

Wilson said insurance costs were around $1,500. This was an increase from last year because of the addition of carnival rides.

Leon Puttler, Bath Township Trustee, said, in a phone interview, the festival starts Friday afternoon and last through the night. The festival starts back up Saturday at 9 a.m. and goes until the fireworks at approximately 10:15 p.m.

“James Couzens Memorial Park is the primary location, but there are a few other venues,” Puttler said.

If it happens to rain during the festival, Wilson said it will be rescheduled. At this point in time, those arrangements have not been discussed.

Kevin Douglas, a Bath Township Firefighter, said there will be as many firefighters as possible on site to keep the area safe. The firefighters will work in shifts and be responsible for different areas of the festival.

Douglas said he will most likely watch over the bath tub races and help with the fireworks.

The fire department will be in the parade and also have a first aid booth in case of emergencies, Douglas said.

Because the festival has expanded this year and more money was spent on advertising, Wilson said they expect more people to attend.

Last year there were anywhere between 1,800 and 2,000 people. Wilson said, “We expect more this year and we spent more on advertising, but we would be fine with 2,000 people attending.”

Wilson said the committee hopes people from last year will come back for the festival.

 

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