HUNTINGDON - Huntingdon fire officials said they may re-evaluate the department's role in the borough's annual Halloween parade because of money issues.
The parade is scheduled to step off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the borough, but Huntingdon Fire Department Vice President Jim Bair said Friday that the department has about half of the money needed to hold the parade.
The department gets a stipend from Huntingdon Borough and also receives other contributions but doesn't use its own funds, which are earmarked for operating expenses, Bair said. Past funding sources have dried up, fueling the money crunch.
"We take a lot of pride in doing the parade, but the question is whether we can get another funding source for next year," he said.
The department arranges for bands, floats and other groups to participate in the parade, Huntingdon's largest every year. More than $2,000 is spent each year for the bands, prize money and other expenses.
The annual parade is about 50 years old, once hosted by the former Huntingdon Jaycees and later by the Huntingdon Ambulance Division.
This year, Huntingdon firefighters will be aided by firefighters from Oneida Township and McConnellstown as the three departments work toward the establishment of the future Huntingdon Regional Fire and Rescue, Bair said.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation may call the Huntingdon department at 643-1290.