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Fire Department Carnival's Success Helps Everyone

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The final few minutes of the Firemen's Carnival Tuesday night may have been anti-climactic because the three winners of the raffle weren't in the crowd, but the weeklong event satisfied Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department Chief Chris Szymanowski with a consistent turnout.

"There's been a consistent crowd, not overwhelming, but not like, 'Why is there nobody here,' " said Szymanowski, who offered a thank you to the community Tuesday night.

The fire chief, who has overseen the carnival from 6 p.m. through midnight each day, didn't have an estimate on the turnout, but said this year's carnival was on par with previous years.

"Not only has this been in our community for 64 years, but one of the benefits is the donations we get to give out of it," Szymanowski said.

The money raised through the Fireman's Carnival goes toward two college scholarships, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and various other organizations that they donate to each year.

One of the big money-makers is always the raffle, which sold 8,000 tickets from April through Tuesday night. Throughout the seven-day carnival, the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department's Ladies Auxillary alone sold 2,787 tickets.

Mamaroneck Mayor Norman Rosenblum picked the three winning tickets from the raffle box at 10:30 p.m., but no one answered to the names drawn. First prize went to Phil for $7,000, while second and third prize went to the Eastchester Firefighters and Jack Guffeth, respectively, for $1,000 each.

Before the raffle drawing, Rosenblum marveled at how long the lines to all of the games and rides were Monday night thanks to Harbor Island Park's fireworks display on the beach.

"There had to be over 30,000 people," said Rosenblum, adding that the popularity of Mamaroneck's fireworks display proves that Mamaroneck is a destination spot.

Moments after the raffle drawing, only Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department volunteers remained on the field to take down the various tents, along with Ace Amusements, the Bronx-based company that provided the games and rides.

Wednesday, Ace Amusements will travel toits next carnival in New Jersey, while Szymanowski and the Village of Mamaroneck Fire Department will receive a new engine for the Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1.

Did you attend this year's Fireman's Carnival? Tell us what you thought of it.

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