Fire Dash and Safety Festival planned

A fire safety event is planned this weekend in Greenwood.

The Greenwood Fire Foundation, a nonprofit organization used for public outreach, will host the first Fire Dash and Safety Festival from 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday at Freedom Park. The day will begin with a 5K run and a family friendly 5K walk at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., children ages 4 to 12 can take on the challenge of a fire-themed obstacle course.

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. The 5K cost is $35 for adults and $20 for students age 18 and under. The fire-themed obstacle course costs $10. Each registration fee includes admission to Freedom Springs Greenwood Aquatic Park for the day.

Registration fees will go toward funding for the fire station-themed play pocked between the Greenwood Community Center and the department’s headquarters on Main Street, Interim Fire Chief Darin Hoggatt said.

The festival will also include a live band and bounce houses and face painting. The Greenwood Fire Department will also have its safety trailer on site and give fire safety and education tips and giveaways, such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. Hoggatt said he would like to see the event become an annual one.

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.