5th Annual Maude Fest
5th Annual Maude Fest
5th Annual Maude Fest
Event Date
March 28, 2020
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The 5th Annual Maude Fest

The 5th Annual Maude Fest will be held on March 28, 2020 at the Jones Performing Art Center (JPAC) on the Louisburg College campus.  This year’s lineup will feature Larry Frick, Willis Gupton, Phil Redmond, Cliff Waddell with Shotgun Mary, Gary Brady, and Eric Strickland.  The format of the concert will be reminiscent of a jam session at an old-fashioned country “honky-tonk.”  This will be an action-packed show with outstanding “real country music.”

This Year Honoring Willis Gupton

As many of you are now aware, Willis is currently experiencing a very serious medical situation in his life.  He, and his family, need our prayers and support as they fight this battle. In acknowledgement of his dedication and support of LFD, we wish to return the favors and support him in his time of need, as he has so generously supported us in our endeavors.  Therefore, Louisburg Fire Department will donate one half of the net proceeds of Maude Fest 2020 to Willis Gupton.  We hope that this token of our appreciation for what Willis has done for LFD helps with his medical and related expenses.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Willis and his family.

History

Maude Fest is a fund-raising event to raise funds for the restoration of Louisburg Fire Department’s (and Franklin County’s) first fire engine.  Maude is a 1921 American LaFrance type 75 fire engine. In 1921, this fire engine, which cost the town $12,500, was a state-of-the-art fire engine.  This fire engine was placed into service of the Town of Louisburg in December of 1921 and served the town until 1952. LFD through generous donors, sponsors, and a supportive public attending the previous Maude Fests has restored Maude to like-new condition.  She has gone through a compete restoration, from ground up, and is now at home.  Maude is in as good, or better, condition than she was off of the assembly line.

Purpose

Although Maude is at home, LFD continues to need to raise funds to complete the Maude restoration project.  Funds are still needed in order to pay off obligations for her restoration, as well as equipment to go on her, and for her upkeep.  The goal continues to be to have everything completed and ready to celebrate Maude’s 100th birthday in December of 2021.   That’s not very far away!!!!

Future

Maude will have a home in the proposed new LFD Museum, along with other historical artifact of the fire department.  Here she will be available for visitors to come, see, and photograph her.  But her main purpose is for fire safety education. Fire safety education is of utmost importance in the saving of lives and property. Maude should be available for parades and other public displays for years to come.  She will be available for school kids to come and visit during Fire Prevention Week. When the LFD Fire Department Museum is completed and opened to the public, Maude will again be the “Grand Old Lady” of the Louisburg Fire Department.

PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT LOUISBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT AND WILLIS!!!! YOUR ATTENDANCE, SPONSORHIPS, AND DONATIONS AS WELL AS YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR WILLIS ARE VERY GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!

Cause:

Maude Fest is a fund-raising event to raise funds for the restoration of Louisburg Fire Department’s (and Franklin County’s) first fire engine. Maude is a 1921 American LaFrance type 75 fire engine. In 1921, this fire engine, which cost the town $12,500, was a state-of-the-art fire engine. This fire engine was placed into service of the Town of Louisburg in December of 1921 and served the town until 1952. LFD through generous donors, sponsors, and a supportive public attending the previous Maude Fests has restored Maude to like-new condition. She has gone through a compete restoration, from ground up, and is now at home. Maude is in as good, or better, condition than she was off of the assembly line.