State Firefighters Convention Kicks Off in Manchester

Manchester is hosting the State Firefighters Convention this week.

Firefighters from across the state have been making their way into town over the past few days, checking into their campsites at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Over two thousand guests will be in Manchester by the time the convention officially kicks off today. Manchester Fire Chief Mike Ryan says they’re looking forward to a great week.

The State Firefighters Convention kicks off today with golf and bowling tournaments for the firefighters. Many of the events taking place are held privately, but there are some events that the public can watch, including the water fights this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon at The Gathering Place parking lot on the north end of Manchester. The Old Timers and Co-Ed Water Fights start at 1 pm today, with the Women’s Water Fights starting tomorrow at 1 pm. And on Friday, the public can come out and watch the Iowa Firefighters Association drills in downtown Manchester – which will require the closure of several city streets.

A 5K Run/Walk will take place Saturday at 9 am at the Beckman Baseball Complex and a craft show will be held at The Gathering Place on Saturday from 9 to 3. And Ryan says the Huey Helicopter will be back in Manchester offering rides this week, too.

And everyone is welcome to come out to the parade on Saturday at 6:30 pm in Manchester.

This is the fourth time Manchester is hosting the State Firefighters Convention, with past conventions held in town in 1995, 2004 and 2012. Not only is it an honor to host the event, but Ryan says it’s a big benefit to Manchester – and a big fundraiser for the Manchester Fire Department.

The State Firefighters Convention runs through Sunday.


photo courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH