Mountain Top bazaar goes out with a bang

MOUNTAIN TOP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- A four-decades long tradition comes to an end this weekend. Firefighters in one community say their annual bazaar has become more work than it's worth -- which is why this year will be their last.


 A Lot of people had mixed emotions tonight as they came out for the food, fun and friendship -- that the annual event brings to the mountain top community.  The lines were longer than usual, as everyone wanted one more potato pancake, and one last dance before the summer tradition comes to an end.


"I'm having a ball! Don't get any better than this," said a dancer.

That's how this 87-year-old describes the night he's having at the Mountain Top Hose Company Number 1 last hoorah!


It's the 44th year the fire company puts on the show. And this year the theme goes back to how it all started.

The first band to play at the bazaar back in 1972 -- takes the stage for the final time.

"It's very hard to get enough people together to make this work. And tonight we have such a huge crowd  , it looks likes it's been easy, but the last two months to get ready and be here has been torture for our core group of people to put this together," said David Hourigan, president Mountain Top Hose Co. No. 1.

David Hourigan tells me as volunteer numbers continue to drop, putting on a big event like this strains the resources they do have.

"The fire service is in trouble," said Hourigan.

He tells me they need people to donate. The bazaar, the fire company's biggest fundraiser, usually brings in about 36-thousand dollars. That money is used for vehicle and equipment purchases. Without the bazaar, they'll need another way to bring that  money in. They're proposing adding a fire tax in Fairview Township.

The fire company has been around since 1939 when Nicholas Hollock bought the land for one dollar.

"So he's the reason that we're here! That everybody's here," said Amanda Wall, visiting her grandfather.

Hollock's family doesn't want to believe that their favorite summer tradition is coming to an end.

"We want more bazaars!"

But in case it really is the last one, they're eating their favorite foods.

"Halupki," said Nicholas Hollock.

"We've already had our share of potato pancakes! It was a 40 minute line so we had to get them all at once," said Wall.

"In the future maybe we'll use the grounds, a one day food fest maybe we'll have something different," said Hourigan.

Another reason this will be the last bazaar is because next year the trailhead for rails to trails will be up and running, which will eliminate the majority of parking spots.

Volunteers with Mountain Top Hose Company Number 1 ask supporters to support the proposed fire tax in november. They also encourage people to donate to the fund drive.

The fun resumes tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.


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