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Odin Firemen's Picnic Finishes with Strong Crowds

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

After a slow night Thursday due to rainy weather, good crowds were on hand Friday and Saturday night for the Odin Firemen's Picnic.  Fire Chief Greg Smith says the proceeds will help purchase equipment for the department.  "We've earmarked them to purchase some kind of utility vehicle, all-terrain vehicle that we could put a tank into the back of it to help fight grass fires and things like that.  We'll be able to use it to get somebody out of a wooded area or rough terrain area where we can't get a vehicle back into and help us fight grass fires," Smith said.

Activities on Saturday began with a 5K run and walk.  84 participated.  Shane Campbell of Centralia was the top male finisher, with a time of 19 minutes 39 seconds.  The top female finisher was Shana Ambuehl of Kinmundy.  A parade opened the evening activities.  A Memorial Day flag raising was held. The evening and final day of the Odin Firemen's Picnic was capped by a fireworks display.

On Friday night, the Picnic featured a car show.  The kids choice award went to a 2010 Chevy Camaro owned by Greg Cooper.  The Best of Choice Award was presented to Lee Davidson who showed a 1930 Ford 'A' Sedan.  The Chief's Choice was presented to Artie and Stacey Langston who had a 1935 Dodge SidewinderCoupe.  Derek Dobyns won the award for farthest distance traveled.  Randy Dobyns won the burnout award.

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