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Old 01-16-2014, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Looking for suggestions for events the Sterling Fire Company can hold that would appeal to 20 and 30 year olds. Something a little more hip than the typical bingo, pancake breakfast, gift baskets. Something that would make our local singles say "Hey, why drive all the way into Clarendon, there's something fun going on right here in Sterling this weekend."

The question is..... what's hip these days, and what would be popular +fairy easy to do?

So we have plenty of 20 and 30 somethings on this forum. What do you guys think? Would something like a speed dating party be popular? A chili cook off? A concert with a local band (something that wouldn't be too expensive to hire, since the goal is to make money--can't bring in Springsteen, but maybe a band like the Legwarmers)? An Oktoberfest? A luau type thing? Zombie fest? Wine tasting? Alcohol is ok, but disorderly conduct isn't, so the event can't be too wild.

If you were going to drive into DC to do something fun, what would the event be? Maybe it's something that could be done out at Patton Hall. Any ideas?
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Old 01-16-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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Until you got to the disorderly conduct part, I was going to say liven up one of your traditional events and have nude bingo. I mean, you already said alcohol was allowed, and if these are 20's/30's singles, those two ingredients (alcohol and skin) are pretty powerful motivators.

I say go for something witty that is combined with blatant false advertising. When my wife was in college, her sorority advertised a "topless" car wash fundraiser, which meant that they wouldn't wash the top of your car without a donation.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:14 AM
 
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LOL they could advertise "topless firemen" (or, firefighters, since they have some good looking girls, too). Hunky firefighters serving chili? If you saw an advertisement, would you go to it?

Would it help to make you tube videos? They have some creative people who could write parody songs about life in Loudoun--plus firetrucks and hunky firefighters always liven up videos. Or is that too corny? (I suggested trying for the Doritos Super Bowl commercial, but people on the committee thought that was too unlikely. Still--a funny ad featuring a fire company would get some buzz, I'd think.)
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:18 AM
 
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Well, I myself would not be interested in "hunky firemen" but along those lines (and you mentioned speed dating) why not auction them off on dates, the single ones anyway, both the men and the women. That's not an unusual activity if you're raising money for charity or for the firehouse.

If I lived in the area, chili is always of interest, particularly if it's a cookoff where I can sample multiple recipes. The fact that a topless fireman was serving it to me wouldn't be an attractor, but it wouldn't stop me from getting a bowl
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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OK, this might border on disorderly conduct/potential safety issues but here is something I would probably go to:

-Have a Loudon "Highland Games" where event spectators pit their skills in various games against the firefighters (like Gladiators), probably shouldn't do the caber toss haha
-There'd be a nominal entry fee to spectate and maybe you could have people buy extra tickets to compete?
-Maybe have some local microbreweries (Lost Rhino, Beltway Brewing, Mad Fox) or wineries and some food trucks
-Get a couple local bands

I guess maybe I'm describing a version of a Renaissance Fair, lol...but somehow you could make it more themed to firefighter stuff or maybe the NoVa region.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:20 AM
 
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Oh, one other thing just from a personal standpoint. I'm a runner, part of a local running club where I live. Running in general seems to be making a comeback, I see stories about "more people running their first marathons" and things along those lines. Local community 5K and 10K's are usually popular events. Especially those that have bowls of chili waiting for you at the finish line. And firemen/firewomen to bid on for dates.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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Oh, one other thing just from a personal standpoint. I'm a runner, part of a local running club where I live. Running in general seems to be making a comeback, I see stories about "more people running their first marathons" and things along those lines. Local community 5K and 10K's are usually popular events. Especially those that have bowls of chili waiting for you at the finish line. And firemen/firewomen to bid on for dates.
Great idea! I just started running a few years ago and now I'm hooked...definitely would do this!
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Tysons Corner
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Lawn style games/ cornhole/ washers that kind of stuff -> plus beer
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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You're so right about 10Ks bringing in the young people. They have a 10K on Memorial Day called the Firechase (and they are part of the Zombie Run in Algonkian Park in October--people get chased by Zombies and go through obstacle courses], and boy are these popular events. Last year the Firechase made almost $20,000. W've talked about doing a few more, but I think it's hard on the neighborhoods, so they really only want us to do 1-2 a year.

Speaking of which, I highly recommend the Firechase, which goes through the streets of Lowes Island. If you come, you'll see a few fire fighters running in gear. Also a guy who runs while juggling. They run down Lowes Island Blvd., around Allegheny Circle, and then back down Whitewater, so it's a pretty place to run. Good way to meet local singles, too. Sign up through sterlingfire.org.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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Lawn style games/ cornhole/ washers that kind of stuff -> plus beer
What is a cornhole?
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