FOREST CITY | More than 2,000 firefighters are coming to Forest City this week for the 139th annual Iowa Firefighters Convention.
The event will feature events open to the public on Saturday, Sept. 9, including firefighter drills and a parade.
This will be the third time Forest City has hosted the annual convention. The event previously took place in the city in 1997 and 2007.
Much of the convention will take place at the WIT Rally Grounds.
Up to 2,200 firefighters and their spouses will be in town for the convention. The firefighters are from nearly 200 cities in Iowa. All 99 counties will be represented..
Iowa Firefighters Association Drills begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 outside the Winnebago County Courthouse.
This event consists of time drills, including The Thief, Advance a Leader Line, Chief’s Race, Hitching Post, Coupling Drill, Replacing a Section of Hose, Extending a Hydrant Line, and Water Application.
The public is welcome to watch the drills.
Streets surrounding the courthouse -- the 100 block of South Clark, West J Street, South 6th and West I Street, plus the 100 block of North Clark down to the alley of the 200 block of North Clark -- will be closed to traffic on Sept. 9.
The highlight of the convention is the parade at 6:30 p.m. that evening, which will include trucks from the 1920’s to the present and hand-drawn to horse-drawn steamers.
KIOW Radio, sponsored by MBT Bank, will be broadcasting the parade.
Other events taking place during the convention are Citywide Garage Sales Sept. 8-9 and a craft show starting at 9 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Municipal Auditorium.
Due to the water drills on Saturday, city water could become dark in color due to excessive use.
The Forest City fire and water departments ask residents to refrain from bathing and laundry on Sept. 9 until the evening hours to prevent the possibility of staining.