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Relish the moment: 90th Firemen’s Carnival runs through July 22

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — About 1,500 pounds of cabbage and onions went into this year's batch of famous relish for the 90th Front Royal Fireman's Carnival.

The result: over 500 gallons of mustard-based relish, which has a "little tang" and "bite" to it, lifetime member of the Front Royal Fire Department Hoss Feldhauser said.

It has been settling in 30 refrigerated barrels since June, and will be good as ever, he said.

The department has churned out the relish since the 50s when firefighters Hugh Williams, Skillet Henry and former Sheriff Gary Keyser discovered the recipe at a baseball game.

"We've used the same recipe all these years," Feldhauser said. "It's not a deeply guarded secret, what's in it. We start with 1,500 pounds of cabbage and 1,500 pounds of onions, and go from there."

As far as revealing any special ingredients, Front Royal Fire Department President Junior Kisner said, "If I told you, I'd have to kill you. It's mostly cabbage, but it's a whole lot of this, a whole lot of that."

Feldhauser first helped make the relish in 1969, and it was not easy as running the onions and cabbage through electric graters, he said. It was done by hand, and they made about 50 gallons.

In all of the years since, Feldhauser has not grown tired of the relish. He warned not to wait until the carnivalís end to purchase, because it usually sells out. It is sold for $4 a pint, and is available to be spread on food bought at the carnival.

The carnival kicked off yesterday and will continue through July 22, expect on Sunday, in the lot across from Bing Crosby Stadium. The Cook Building opens about 5:30 p.m. Rides start about 6:30, or whenever the crowd arrives.

In addition to plenty of relish, there are about 18 rides and games. Entry is free, but there is a charge for the rides, although Feldhauser does not know what they will cost.

Money raised is used to fund the stationís needs, such as new equipment.

On Wednesday, the Fireman's Parade will begin 6 p.m. on East Stonewall Drive and move down Commerce Avenue. Next Thursday will feature an about 20-minute firework show just after dark at Bing Crosby Stadium.

Even if someone does not like the games, the rides or fireworks, Feldhauser encouraged people to attend the carnival because it encourages community comradery. You are bound to catch up with someone you donít see often.

"Going to the carnival lot, you walk around, and get to see people from the town that you don't see a lot," he said.




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