The Beacon Hose Firemen’s Carnival is one of Beacon Falls’ most anticipated annual events, taking place each year in early June (in 2021, it’ll be in October). An estimated 10,000 townspeople and visitors from afar join us for a weekend of great fun, food, music and more. We also host a parade Saturday, when dozens of departments bring their members and apparatuses to march down Main Street.
2021 EVENT: Due to the pandemic, we’ve moved the carnival for the first time to October 15-17 — yep, a Friday-through-Sunday event! We’re going to keep many of the traditional carnival food items and features while also mixing in some fall-themed goodies. In the meantime, you can check out the 2019 menu.
RAFFLE: One person will win $10,000 in cash, and 24 others will also win cash prizes! Raffle tickets are on sale now for $20 each. They’re available at the firehouse, through Beacon Hose members, at select local businesses, and online by clicking here.
DONATIONS: We are always thrilled with the turnout at our carnival, but we also seek sponsorships and donations to offset the substantial costs of hosting the event. Businesses seeking to sponsor the carnival can click here for more information and to donate. Beacon Falls residents and friends of Beacon Hose who would like to donate can click here.
PARADE REGISTRATION: All fire departments and other organizations are invited to participate on our parade, which will step off at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, and proceed about a mile down Main Street. Organizations interested in participating in our parade can register here.
MOBILE APP: It’s 2021, so it’s time that the carnival got its very own mobile app! Download the Grandstand app via the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Our app includes an event map, schedules, food and drink info, news about shows, sponsors, and live alerts throughout the carnival.
BENEFICIARIES: During the carnival, Beacon Hose raises thousands of dollars — all of which is put back into the community with fire prevention programs, youth sports teams, local youth organizations, community events, scholarships for Beacon Falls students, holiday programs, aid for less fortunate families, perks for our volunteers, and even some wish-list emergency equipment.
HISTORY: Beacon Hose’s carnival and parade became an annual tradition in 1963 and has a fascinating history of changes and milestones. Check out the history and archive carnival photos here.