|Fire Prevention Festival is next week, Stafford is grand marshal
|Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:02 pm
The Greenfield Fire Department will host the 23rd Annual Fire Prevention Festival beginning Monday through Oct. 8.
Kenneth and Julia Stafford
Several activities are planned for Fire Prevention Day, which is recognized nationwide on Oct. 8.
These activities include events of interest for children and adults.
Beginning at 9 a.m. that day, there will be an Open House at the Greenfield Fire Department’s fire station for the public with several antique fire trucks on display.
The children can meet Smokey the Bear, Fire Pup and take free fire truck rides. For the adults, there will be free blood pressure checks and the LIFELINE blood mobile will be on hand.
Exhibitors will have fire safety items such as smoke detectors, extinguishers and collectibles for sale. Fingerprinting for children ages 1-12 will be conducted by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department.
The Tennessee Division of Forestry will also have their equipment on display.
From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Hospital Wing Helicopter from Memphis will be on display. Air Evac Lifeteam will also be present with its helicopter.
The local National Guard units will have equipment in the parade that morning and will also be on display at the fire station. The Guard is also sponsoring a climbing wall. A bagpipe band will perform before and during the parade. Concessions will be available by the Greenfield Booster Club.
The line-up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m.
Line up will be on Evergreen Street and Greenfield Products Road headed south along the west side of street.
All floats, cars, trucks, horses, and walk-in entries are invited to participate in the annual parade.
Three-wheelers or four wheelers are allowed if an adult 18 years of age is driving the unit in the parade. For more information, contact parade chairpersons Delores Wright or Lorre Stout at the Greenfield Banking Company at 235-2207. For horse entries call Danny Powell at 235-3997.
There will be numerous fire departments, rescue squads, and EMS personnel with equipment on display and in the parade.
Everyone is invited to come and join the festivities on Oct. 8 in downtown Greenfield.
The Greenfield merchants will also have a sidewalk sale that day. Various groups and organizations will have bake sales all along Front Street.
There will be concessions, which include hamburgers, barbecue by the pound, barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks. A carnival in the middle block in downtown Greenfield is also planned with rides for all ages.
This year’s grand marshal for the 2011 Fall Fire Prevention Festival is retired business owner Kenneth Stafford.
Stafford is a long-time resident of the Greenfield community having been born and raised in the Stafford Store Community.
He graduated from Greenfield High School in 1947. Stafford married Julia Flowers, who was born and raised near Bradford, in 1951.
They have resided in Greenfield, where Kenneth owned the City Dry Cleaners after high school and Julia was a homemaker.
Stafford was then employed as a substitute carrier by the United States Postal Service and later became clerk. It was then that Julia began working full time at the cleaners, which the couple owned until 1982.
Stafford became postmaster in 1970 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1992. Since the couple’s retirement, Julia said she has enjoyed baking pies and cakes and quilting.
Stafford has led a retired life filled with hobbies such as fishing, woodworking and gardening. He has been a member of the Lions Club, Tennessee National Guard and the GHS Alumni Association. The couple has been members of First Baptist Church since 1951 where he was a deacon and she worked in the nursery.
They have three children: Amy (husband Jackie Vaughan) of Greenfield; Norma (husband Mike Menz) of Collierville; and Phil (wife Kelly) of Jackson. They have five grandchildren: Jason (wife Amy Vaughan) of Jackson; Adam (wife Crystal Vaughan) of Parsons; Julie Vaughan of Greenfield; Haley and Madison Stafford of Jackson. They have two great-grandchildren: Landon Vaughan of Parsons and Elliott Vaughan of Jackson.
For a complete schedule of events, see Page 2.