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The Fellowsville Volunteer Fire Department's Fireman's Field Day is held each year in June.

Volunteer Fire Departments run off of fundraiser's and donations, but that's not what the day means to the VFD.

"We do make a little off of it but it's just for the community, and for the community to see what the local fire departments can do," said Matthew Clarkson, the Fire Chief of the Fellowsville VFD. "And just a general get together, something fun to do."

Among other events, the Field Day includes the 'Battle of the Barrels,' which involves local fire departments coming together for a little friendly competition.

The fire departments said the event is a lot more difficult to participate in than it looks.

Crowds gathered to watch the battle of the barrels, but the biggest event of the day was the Snowy Creek Antique Tractor Club's tractor pull.

Adrian Stemple said it meant a lot to have people enjoy all of the clubs hard work.

"We work a lot on them throughout the winters and the years and we really enjoy it," said Stemple. "They're not making any more of them, it's a lost art. A lot of these are originals, a lot are completely restored, and a lot just have paint thrown on them."

The oldest tractor in the pull was from 1925. The club said they try not to allow tractors in that are newer than 1959, but they never turn anyone away.

The Field Day included everything from kids bucket brigade races, to a 'Touch a Truck' event.

"Foot races and games for the kids to play, and chicken dinners," said Clarkson. "Just something for the people to come out and spend the day. See people you haven't seen for years."

The Fellowsville Fire Department said it seems to get harder to hold the event each year but it hopes it will be around for many more years.