Alex plans warm welcome for firefighters
This weekend the Alexandria Fire Department is hosting the 137th annual Minnesota State Fire Department Association (MSFDA) Conference.
Firefighter events started on Thursday, June 14 and conclude on Saturday.
Friday night up to 700 visitors will be in town shopping, staying at hotels and enjoying local restaurants.
Community members are invited to attend the Grand Parade on Saturday, June 16 from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. The parade will start at Mike's Car Wash, proceed down Broadway and finish at the fire station.
The AFD Honor Guard and Explorers, the Minnesota Pipe and Police Band, Kracker Jacks, Fergus Falls Band, Alexandria Aces basketball team and a lot of fire trucks are scheduled to appear in the parade.
MSFDA FIREFIGHTER EVENTS
Thursday, June 14
Golf Tournament at Arrowwood
Exhibitions at Runestone Community Center
Live Side-by-Side burn in parking lot at RCC
MSFDA Reception at RCC
Friday, June 15
Education classes at Alexandria Technical and Community College
Guest brunch at RCC
Symposium with keynote speaker Eddie Buchanan at Broadway Ballroom
Guest tours of downtown Alexandria and Carlos Creek Winery (12:30 to 5 p.m.)
Saturday, June 16
Memorial Service at Covenant Church
Grand Parade downtown Alexandria (2:45 p.m.)
Firefighter's tour and visit AFD Fire Station
Firefighter banquet and dance at RCC
Crystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.