Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade, Kid’s Costume Contest is the perfect family gathering – Salisbury Post
Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade, Kid’s Costume Contest is the perfect family gathering
Posted at 12:10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022
By Brad Dountz
KANNAPOLIS — There was fun for all ages Friday night as the Kannapolis Fire Truck Parade and Children’s Costume Contest kicked off this year’s fall festivities. Countless children dressed up to see nearly 25 fire trucks with blaring sirens rolling past City Hall. Once that was over, the costume contest began where prizes were given out for the most original fire department award, most similar to the Kannapolis Fire Department, and Chief’s Choice.
The fire department also sponsored a food drive to help Cooperative Christian Ministry, an organization that helps feed needy families in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the community to come and see what’s going on in downtown Kannapolis,” said Jamie Richardson, community engagement manager for Cooperative Christian Ministry. “I hope for us, for CCM, it’s a realization that we’re here and our help is available to anyone who needs it.”
Firefighters were there to accept donations and “stock the fire truck” with non-perishable food items that will be returned to the CCM pantry for distribution throughout the following week. This event not only helps the fire department deliver food to those in need, but interacts with the community in a way that has nothing to do with an actual fire.
“It allows all of our community partners and citizens to come in and ask questions and see what we’re doing and meet the firefighters one-on-one,” the Kannapolis Fire Department Fire Chief said. , Tracy Winecoff. “Which is really important to us, so they can see us when it’s not an emergency or when it’s not a situation where they’re having a really bad day.”
Atrium Health Ballpark was the site where local businesses set up booths to sell trinkets, food, beverages, and fall games. A patch of pumpkins was placed all over the stadium’s outfield for people to choose one and take home. At the end of the day, for families looking for something fun to do, the parade and costume contest knocked it out of the park.
“It’s great for the kids, it’s great for Kannapolis. I love seeing Kannapolis grow like this,” said Pat Stack.