ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Fire Department has launched several fund-raisers to help host the Maine State Federation of Firefighters 50th annual convention in 2013.
“The more we can raise, the better show we can put on,” said Gary Saunders, who is co-chairman of the convention committee. The weekend will include a parade.
The department has created a cookbook of firefighter recipes, which is available at the station for $15.
The department’s Color Guard is selling specially designed T-shirts, which are also available at the department.
Following a successful gun a day raffle in May, the department has launched a raffle for a Polaris Ranger side-by-side all-terrain vehicle from Friend and Friend.
Raffle tickets are $20 each. The department will sell no more than 1,000 tickets, Saunders said. The second prize is a Honda EA 2000 Generator and third prize is a Stihl power broom.
The winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 28, during the department’s haunted house at the former Bryant E. Moore School.
The department has plans to turn the building into a “haunted schoolhouse,” Saunders said. One theme is that the late Gen. Bryant E. Moore is angry that the students have moved to a new school and is haunting the halls.
Fire Chief Richard Tupper said the department is looking for volunteers with specialized skills such as lighting or carpentry, for example, to help create a scary atmosphere. The department is also looking for organizations that might want to lease one of the 17 different areas to decorate themselves in the haunted house.
The haunted house will run two weekends: Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-31.