Loleta antique show benefits volunteer fire department

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Residents from all over Humboldt County turned out to find special treasures at the annual Loleta Antique Show held Oct. 12-Oct 14. The final day of the show also included tasty deep-pit barbecue at the Loleta Volunteer Fire Department.

Vendors from all over California offered items from furniture to old time photographs, glassware to dolls, and jewelry to antique signs. The Loleta Antique Show has been organized and sponsored by the Loleta Volunteer Fire Department since 1971 and it is one of the largest antique shows in northern California. "Proceeds from the event," according to Loleta Fire Chief Ken Nielsen, "are used primarily for maintenance and improvements to the Loleta Firemen's Pavilion (where the Antique Show takes place)."

The Loleta Volunteer Fire Department, which was formed in February of 1900, currently has 29 members and firefighting equipment including three type-two pumpers, one water tender, one rescue unit, one type-three wildlands fire truck, one type-four attack fire truck, and a 1939 International Fire Engine.

According to the Loleta Volunteer Fire Department website, all members of the department are trained as first responders and cover structure fires, wildland fires, vehicle accidents, as well as initial first aid and other emergency response. Several Loleta Fire Department volunteers are paramedics and can provide advanced life support if necessary.

Photos by Mary Bullwinkel/Beacon

1. Attendees at the annual Loleta Antique Show take their time and browse through the many items on display at the Loleta Firemen's Pavilion.

2. The annual show included items such as antique glassware and furniture