Covington Independent Fire Company Carnival prepares for opening night

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COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE 28/WYOU 22 EYEWITNESS NEWS) — The carnival is a long-standing tradition and it’s not just fun and games it’s vital to keep the fire department running.

“This is about 45% of our annual revenue so this is crucial to have a good event. Obviously, we were crushed last year with covid like everyone else,” said Chief Brad Jones from Covington fire Company.

The Covington independent fire company carnival has kept the department running for 74 years. It’s something people look forward to every summer.

Justice Donnely of New Jersey said he’s been coming here for 19 years. He says it’s the chicken wings that keep him coming back.

“Give it an hour and the line will be down to the pizza stand,” said Captain Chett Havenstrit of Covington fire company.

Covington volunteer firefighters are known for bringing the heat with their famous wings. Captain Havenstrit says the secret is in the sauce.

“We cooked them, we make our own sauce. It’s our own recipe, a recipe that we designed years ago and it’s just been passed through you know,” said Captain Havenstrit.

Nine-year-old Demarco Ceccacci says the carnival is always the highlight of his summer. He understands why it’s so important for his community.

“I’m riding the rides, I was here yesterday with my friend having a good time. If my house ever caught on fire, you know they’re really quick, there’s a chance they really could save my house and the other houses up in that neighborhood,” said Demarco.

“All the money that we raise goes back into the community. Gear is expensive, trucks are expensive, fuel is expensive. Everything that we do revolves around the money and revolves around this event. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We invest it all back into you guys,” stated Captain Havenstrit.

After a soft opening Tuesday, the first night of the event will have a DJ, $15 wristbands for rides all night, great food made by the volunteers, a beer tent, and a lot of fun and games!

The carnival is on every night this week at the fire company grounds. Wristbands are 15 dollars.

All proceeds benefit the fire company who says that all the support they receive from the community is extremely appreciated and that every dollar is invested back into protecting them. 

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