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    I plan on going to the Expo this year and I'm wondering if there is anything I need to make sure I see. I've been to FDIC a few time but have heard Harrisburg is quite the show as well. Is there anything interesting worth going to in the evenings? (In addition to the bars....of course)

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    Make sure you get to the Harrisburg Fire Museum.
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    Todd,If you venture into the Smeal booth in the main hall,you'll see my new "toy".Lot's to see and do in Harrisburg,Including getting your *** rearranged if you buy the WRONG Phillysteak.hehe T.C.

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    Hersheypark's not too far away if you like coasters.

    Don't know if you can get a good cheesesteak in Harrisburg. We have a hard enough time finding good ones in the Reading area. The only good ones we have around here are made at restaurants owned by Philly area transplants.
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    I'll second Hershey Park. If SWMBO came we would do Hershey Park one day and the show another. In some years they have had a firefighter's parade the Saturday of the show, I have no idea if that will happen this year. It was by far the best parade I have ever seen fire apparatus from all over the mid atlantic. The expois not as flashy as FDIC but it is a very good show there are many central pa md. units there and they are always beautiful units. The ideas are a plenty. I'll be there all weekend look me up.
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    If you are coming from somewhere nowhere's near the Expo, be sure to wear every radio, pager, pda, cell phone and any other battery operated device just like all the Central PA Rednecks do!!!

    Oh, and add a "Redneck Firefighter" T-shirt to top it off!!!!
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    So wearing all your stuff is not just limited to the midwest? LMAO. You gotta love the guys that are 300 miles from home and have all their crap on.

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    The biggest smile i get is the young Amish brothers that have thier suspenders on and thier pants sagging because of thier electronics. I always see at least a dozen of them.

    I do have to say they spare no expense on thier fire apparatus.
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    D@mn you Todd. I've been wanting to get out there for this, and also the big Pump Primers (right?) muster in PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by npfd801 View Post
    D@mn you Todd. I've been wanting to get out there for this, and also the big Pump Primers (right?) muster in PA.

    One of these days. Tell me how it was, will ya?
    You gotta figure out a way to do both, Joel, even if it's different years. They're about 7 weeks apart. Expo is the 3rd weekend in May, PPP muster is the 2nd Saturday in July. Mark your calendar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Todd,If you venture into the Smeal booth in the main hall,you'll see my new "toy".Lot's to see and do in Harrisburg,Including getting your *** rearranged if you buy the WRONG Phillysteak.hehe T.C.
    Our new Smeal engine will be on display as well.

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    The PPP Muster is July 11.

    I consider this to be the SUPER BOWL of antique fire truck musters. Anyone with any hair of an interest in antique fire trucks needs to come to the PPP Muster at least ONCE in their lives. If you are blind, crippled, and deaf, you will be healed instantly at the sight of 50 to 100 trucks pumping. I just started a photobucket site, here are two shots from last year to "motivate" you:

    http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/u...PPP2008074.jpg
    http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/u...PPP2008032.jpg

    I implore everyone to leave SWMBO at home. You need time to enjoy the sights, to feel the ground vibrating next to an Ahrens-Fox piston pumper, to smell the exhaust, to lay your Mack prayer rug out on the ground and pray to the Mack gods (pointed at Allentown, of course....) This is not a show to bring SWMBO to unless they enjoy this kind of thing. It is a hot, sticky day with LOTS of walking, exhaust, sprays of dirty river water, bugs, etc. If you absolutely, positively MUST bring her, to keep her at bay, there is always some kind of flea market just upriver within walking distance from the muster that supposedly has lots of artsy-fartsy crap that SWMBO's apparently like. SWMBO's will walk around, get bored, cry about the heat, the bugs, the stickyness, blah blah blah blah blah..........

    This year, myself and FWDbuff-1 and FWDbuff-2 will be coming out on Friday Night and getting a hotel room at the Days Inn right there at the muster location so that we are there bright and early!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
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    This year, myself and FWDbuff-1 and FWDbuff-2 will be coming out on Friday Night and getting a hotel room at the Days Inn right there at the muster location so that we are there bright and early!
    Leave room in the car, you've got to drop me off in Berlinsville (Walnutport) on your way home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefengineer11 View Post
    Leave room in the car, you've got to drop me off in Berlinsville (Walnutport) on your way home.
    Oh hell thats not too far out of my way, I'll let you off at I78/SR309 and you can hitch hike.
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    Hey,you two gotta pop over to the Giamex thread. I'm cracking Tony's stones,hehe T.c.

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    It looks like Rosenbauer will have demos with live burns at the Harrisburg Fire Training School on Friday and Saturday night.

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    They had demos last year as well. pretty interesting if you haven't played with the "toys" before. We put the Timberwolf through it's paces. T.C.

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    I thought as an overseas tourist that Harrisburg was a good show, was a massive eye opener into how its done in the USA, but boy oh boy, we couldn't stop laughing at all the wackers. Never seen so many blue light bars, pagers, radios and never ending wallets. I couldn't believe the guys walking out with full lightbars under their arms ! WOW

    But I got some great ideas, bought a few things we can't easily get over hear and met some great guys and gals. Thanks to Cheif11 for showing us around and putting up with us traking from one end of the place to the other for several days, and it takes that long to do things properly.

    I would have to say, I did prefer the smaller builders stands to the large guys. It seemed the smaller builders actually gave a **** that you were looking at your stuff.

    I would say go once, and make your own mind up, but I would go again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pumper8032 View Post
    I thought as an overseas tourist that Harrisburg was a good show, was a massive eye opener into how its done in the USA, but boy oh boy, we couldn't stop laughing at all the wackers. Never seen so many blue light bars, pagers, radios and never ending wallets. I couldn't believe the guys walking out with full lightbars under their arms ! WOW

    But I got some great ideas, bought a few things we can't easily get over hear and met some great guys and gals. Thanks to Cheif11 for showing us around and putting up with us traking from one end of the place to the other for several days, and it takes that long to do things properly.

    I would have to say, I did prefer the smaller builders stands to the large guys. It seemed the smaller builders actually gave a **** that you were looking at your stuff.


    I would say go once, and make your own mind up, but I would go again.
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    Wink Harrisburg Show

    No doubt about it, Harrisburg is the big Vollie show. I get a kick out of looking at the fully loaded out big "Battle Star Gallactica Rigs" at this show. The vollies definately have the money to buy what they want.

    I thought the regional food in Harrisburg is "Scrabble"! Of course, never ask what is in it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by donethat View Post
    No doubt about it, Harrisburg is the big Vollie show. I get a kick out of looking at the fully loaded out big "Battle Star Gallactica Rigs" at this show. The vollies definately have the money to buy what they want.

    I thought the regional food in Harrisburg is "Scrabble"! Of course, never ask what is in it!
    SCRAPPLE! And that's right, you don't want to know what's in it. Look at the first syllable of its name for a clue.

    All parts of a pig get used, except the squeal. What's not fit for anything else goes into sausage. If it's not fit to be used in sausage, it goes into scrapple.

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    Scrapple, all the stuff that doesnt make the cut foe SPAM, nuff said.

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    Ahh, man. I haven't seen or had any fresh scrapple in over 20 years, close to 30. But I remember being told that they boiled the whole head to get the good stuff.

    Being from the Dundalk area of Baltimore, it was always on the griddle frying on bacon grease with some eggs on Sunday morning. My mom being from the south, used to make grits along with it sometimes.

    The crap we get here, is that....CRAP. Or even worse, frozen.

    I don't remember the taste, but I remember that I loved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FIREMECH1 View Post
    Ahh, man. I haven't seen or had any fresh scrapple in over 20 years, close to 30. But I remember being told that they boiled the whole head to get the good stuff.

    Being from the Dundalk area of Baltimore, it was always on the griddle frying on bacon grease with some eggs on Sunday morning. My mom being from the south, used to make grits along with it sometimes.

    The crap we get here, is that....CRAP. Or even worse, frozen.

    I don't remember the taste, but I remember that I loved it.

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    I gotta admit, much as we like to think of scrapple as a Pennsylvania delicacy, some of the best I ever had was at Rallo's which is a local spot in south Baltimore not far from Domino Sugar. I'm pretty sure it was made in Baltimore too, by Schluderberg & Kurdle (Esskay).
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    Waaay too much information,T.C.

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