2010 Unionville Festival - Firefighters Assist Setting Up Music Stage on Main Street Unionville

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2010 Unionville Festival - Firefighters Assist Setting Up Music Stage on Main Street Unionville

I was strolling along Main Street Unionville at 6:30 pm on June 4, 2010 shortly before the 41st edition of the Unionville Festival held in Unionville, Ontario, Canada opened later in the evening for the weekend.

I noticed that a Town of Markham Fire Department pumper truck with its emergency lights flashing pulled up to the corner of Main Street Unionville and Carlton Road where the Main Street North Stage was being constructed for some of the Unionville Festival's music events.

At least four of Markham's finest firefighters jumped out of their pumper truck, hooked up the firehose to the pumper and began to fill up large white water barrels with water.  In the photo below, you can see one Markham firefighter manning the pumper and three firefighters diligently working on controlling the hole and filling a water barrel.  The emergency lights were flashing throughout this important exercise.

The water barrels are used to securely hold up the tent canopy including the poles that protects the musicians and musical instruments from inclement rain as well as the bright sun.  The tent canopy is being well used this year since it rained last night starting around 9 pm.  Rain is also expected during parts of Saturday and Sunday.

The Unionville fire station is located a short one or two minute drive away.

The Unionville Festival is being held this year from Friday June 4, 2010 to Sunday, June 6, 2010 on Main Street Unionville.

2010 Unionville Festival - Firefighters setting up music stage on Main Street Unionville - Copyright 2010 Marc Swartz

Comments (10)

Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker



The police and tyhe fire departments are very cooperative and helpful with community events. That's been my experience in Mississauga.



Jun 05, 2010 06:34 AM
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Hey Marc! wish we knew about this! We would have hopped over there! Sounds like it was a great night.

Jun 05, 2010 01:07 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

That doesn't seem like the best use of the tax money that goes to pay fire fighters.

Jun 06, 2010 02:14 AM
Toronto, ON

Brian - The police and firefighters are always very helpful in Markham and many other communities throughout Ontario.  The Markham bylaw enforcement personnel, York Region EMS and St. John's Ambulance personnel were also helping with the Unionville Festival.

Jun 06, 2010 05:01 PM
Toronto, ON

Russel - The Unionville Festival was sponsored, in part, by the Town of Markham who employs the firefighters.  Historic Unionville Main Street is a significant tourist attraction throughout the year and draws people from across Ontario, the rest of Canada and the USA.

Jun 06, 2010 05:03 PM
Toronto, ON

Al and Peggy - Friday night is best known for food and music.  There are also many other activities on Saturday and Sunday.

Jun 06, 2010 05:03 PM
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Do they let the kids check out the firetrucks while they're there?  THat's always my son's favorite part!

Jun 07, 2010 06:17 AM
Marcia Hawken
Naples Luxury Specialist

Marc, You are always up on all the local events.  Unionville is just to cutting edge when it comes to events.  How fun it that!

Jun 13, 2010 01:36 PM
Toronto, ON

Penny - The firetruck was only at the festival to fill up the barrels and then left.  I didn't see any kids on the firetruck.

Jun 13, 2010 05:18 PM
Toronto, ON

Marcia - Unionville Main Street and surrounding area has a very active Business Improvement Association that sponsors a lot of events.

Jun 13, 2010 05:19 PM