“We’re not doing the parade this summer,” announced assistant chief Warren “Hubba” Wood. “We’re doing everything for the 100th anniversary celebration on Sept 18. We can’t turn around and do it again in September. We’ll make it big this fall.”
Wood said he is hoping that area school bands will participate because school will be in session.
The volunteer firemen once relied heavily on the annual carnival for operating funds that Albemarle County now provides. Uncompetitive against electronic culture, country carnivals faded through the 1980s and expired in the ‘90s. Four years ago the firemen dropped the fireworks show because it cost all their potential profit and for two years following the Downtown Crozet Association fundraised among local businesses to pay for the show. That languished when the recession hit. The parade-and-fireworks seems to need broader sponsorship.