Firemen's Picnic A Longtime New Bremen Tradition

Staff Writer

For nearly a century, the annual New Bremen Firemen’s Picnic has been both the biggest fundraiser for the department and a way for the community to give back to a group of volunteers who serve so selflessly.

The event, which began in 1921 and is in its 96th year while serving as the oldest picnic in Auglaize County, is held at the Crown Pavilion in New Bremen.

All proceeds from the Firemen’s Picnic go towards purchasing new fire equipment for the New Bremen Fire Department along with funding three $500 scholarships to graduating seniors.

The day-long event features whiffleball and cornhole tournaments  bingo, a wood carving auction, beer, food, 5K and live music.

“It’s just a great event supporting the local fire department and helping us grow,”  volunteer firefighter and executive director of the Southwestern  Auglaize County Chamber of Commerce Logan O’Neill notes.  “We’re trying to serve the village and surrounding communities. We give to the communities, and so it’s one of those things where the community gives back to us  a little bit, too.”

Wood carvings by local master chainsaw carver Tim Kuenning, will be auctioned off beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Acoustic musicians Munch & Bubs take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

The raffle drawing with prizes of $1,000, $500, $250, $100 (2) and $50 is set for 11 p.m.



Friday, July 21

  • 8 p.m. — Firemen's Memorial 5k


Saturday, July 22

  • Noon — Food and Beer Stands Open, Wood carving by Tim Kuenning and Sons
  • 12:30 p.m. — Kids Waterball registration
  • 1 p.m. — Kids Waterball
  • 1:30 p.m. — Football team lift-a-thon
  • 3 p.m. — Games of chance open
  • 4 p.m. — Senior Waterball
  • 4:30 p.m. — Dinner is served
  • 5:30 p.m. — Kids games, jumpies and ponies open
  • 7:30 p.m. — Wood carving auction
  • 8:30 p.m.-Midnight — Munch and Bubs
  • 11 p.m. — Raffle drawing
  • Midnight — Beer stand closes