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GCVFA Convention Hosted in New Baltimore

By THOMAS MARRA , Correspondent | September 11, 2021 | NEW YORK

Story No. 101721111

The Greene County Volunteer Fireman's Association 133rd Annual Convention was hosted by the Cornell Hook and Ladder Fire Company in New Baltimore, celebrating 125 years of service.

The week consisted of the annual meetings and dinners, a mardi gras parade, a dress parade and performances from two bands as well as a 9/11 tribute ceremony with performances from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

The parade route lined up down Route 144 from Coeymans and travelled down through New Baltimore, making a right onto Gill Road, passing the firehouse where the parade then broke off.

Marching in this parade included New Baltimore, Medway-Grapeville, Ravena, Coeymans, Coeymans Hollow, Westerlo, Greenville, Coxsackie, Earlton, Hunter, Athens, West-Athens, Kiskatom, Cairo, Round Top, East Durham, Oak-Hill Durham, Freehold, Lanesville, Prattsville, Tannersville, Windham, Palenville, Hensonville, Haines Falls, Taghkanic, East Greenbush fire departments.

Trophies were awarded to those in the dress parade and awards were as follows:
Best Appearing 5-8 in line: 1st Place; Hensonville
Best Appearing 9-15 in line: 1st Place; Haines Falls, 2nd Place; Greenville, 3rd Place; Medway-Grapeville
Best Appearing 16-24 in line: 1st Place; Palenville, 2nd Place; Earlton, 3rd Place; Cairo
Best Appearing over 25 in line: 1st Place; Athens, 2nd Place; Kiskatom
Best Appearing (5 of more) without music: 1st Place; Haines Falls
Best Appearing Apparatus 1-5 years: 1st Place; Coeymans, 2nd Place; Coxsackie
Best Appearing Apparatus 6-12 years: 1st Place; Kiskatom, 2nd Place; Haines Falls
Best Appearing Apparatus 13-20 years: 1st Place; Palenville, 2nd Place; Ravena
Best Appearing Apparatus 21+ years: 1st Place Kiskatom, 2nd Place; Tannersville
Best Appearing Motor Driven Antique Apparatus: 1st Place; Westerlo, 2nd Place; Athens
Best Appearing Out of County: 1st Place; East Greenbush, 2nd Place; Coeymans
Best Appearing Auxiliary Out of County: 1st Place; Coeymans
Best Appearing Firematic Color Guard: 1st Place; East Greenbush, 2nd Place; Palenville, 3rd Place; Coeymans
Best Appearing Non-Firematic Color Guard: 1st Place; Greene County Sheriff, 2nd Place; NYS Corrections
Best Overall Music: 1st Place; US Marine Corps Band, 2nd Place; Ghent Band
Best Overall Drum Line: 1st Place; J W Hoystradt, 2nd Place; Town of Athens
Best Appearing Overall Auxiliary: 1st Place; Palenville
Best Appearing Auxiliary 5-7 in line: 1st Place; Haines Falls, 2nd Place; Greenville
Best Appearing Auxiliary 8-10 in line: 1st Place; Kiskatom, 2nd Place; Coxsackie
Best Appearing Auxiliary 11 or more in line: 1st Place; Palenville
Best Appearing Auxiliary without music: 1st Place; Haines Falls
Millennial Trophy: Palenville

The pride within the New Baltimore Fire Department and the tremendous amount of work that went into this convention showed.

The GCVFA is still searching for a host for next years convention!

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.