Smoke On The Water 2014 update

Friday, August 1, 2014  The time is approaching folks!  Things are coming together nicely! 

We are, as of last Tuesday night, up to 13 of 15 teams.  2 spots left folks lets fill them up!!!

A reminder to the competitors, there is a competitors meeting Sunday August 3rd at the Hammondsport Fire Station!  Attendance is highly encouraged! 

Thanks again to all of our sponsors!  Sponsors this year include The Steuben County Veterans Memorial, The Mercury Foundation, BBQ Bandits, Lakeside Restaurant, LaMarche Funeral Home, Veley Enterprizes, Maloney's Pub, Keuka Brewing and Finger Lakes Brewing Company! Sorry if I missed anybody! 

Also if you are interested in sponsorship of the event please contact us at,, or

Here is the current list of teams!

Bikini BBQ

Smoke N Fire

Nomad BBQ

Team Avoca Smoka

Creekside BBQ

Back Alley BBQ

Stone Age BBQ

Triple J's BBQ

Waneta Wine and Swine

Da Mama's Barbecue

Carolina Shine

Chasin' Hogs

Rub it Good BBQ



Smoke on The Water 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014  Okay Folks!  Thanks for another successful carnival year!  Now it's time to switch gears!  It's BARBECUE SEASON!!!!!

August 23rd 2014 from Noon til 8:00 pm

The Hammondsport Fire Department and The Steuben County Veterans Memorial Present Smoke On The Water 2014!! 

Sponsors this year include The Steuben County Veterans Memorial, The Mercury Foundation, BBQ Bandits, Lakeside Restaurant, LaMarche Funeral Home, Veley Enterprizes, Maloney's Pub, Keuka Brewing and Finger Lakes Brewing Company! 

If anyone is interested in sponsoring the event we have sponsor packages available.  Please contact us at,, or!

Live Entertainment provided by Maloney's Pub! 

1-4pm  Tropical Cream

4:30-8pm  Keuka Katz

FREE ADMISSION to the event!  All that we ask is NO COOLERS PLEASE! 

There will be adult beverages available as well as beer tastings from a few of our local craft breweries! 

Various food vendors, 50/50 raffle, mini golf, an antique boat show and much more!! 

If there's anyone interested in vending please contact us at the above email addresses!

This year the barbecue will include competition for chicken, pork butt, and brisket, an open category and a mystery category!  We decided to not do ribs this year, so hopefully you will enjoy the new categories!!

So far it looks like we are up to 9 teams!  We still have 6 spots open!  Competition registrations for the event are available for download under the downloads tab to the left.  Cash prizes will be awarded for each category and overall!


Bikini BBQ

Smoke N Fire

Nomad BBQ

Team Avoca Smoka

Creekside BBQ

Back Alley BBQ

Stone Age BBQ

Triple J's BBQ

Waneta Wine and Swine

Remember folks, mark your calendar!  Great fun for the whole family!!



2014 Hammondsport Firemen's Carnival!

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

2014 Hammondsport Firemen's Carnival

July 3rd-July 5th

Thursday July 3rd

Games of chance and lots midway food

·       Open @ 6 PM

·       Bike Give Away    8 PM

o   Sponsored By   Veley Enterprise   

·       Wrist Band       6-10pm  $20.00

·       Clam Special       8-10pm

Friday July 4th

Games of chance and lots midway food

·       Open @ 2 PM

·       Wrist Bands   2-5 pm  $15.00 4TH OF JULY SPECIAL

·       Water ball     5:30 pm

·       Bike Give Away    5 pm

o   Sponsored By  Pete’s Automotive 

·       Wrist Bands   6-10 pm  $20.00

Saturday July 5th

Games of chance and lots midway food

·       Fire Truck Rides  12-1pm

·       Bike Give Away  1pm

o   Sponsored By   Veley Enterprise   and  By  La Marche Funeral Home 

·       Open @ 1pm

·       Wristbands   1-5 Pm  $20.00

·       American Legion Post 407 Chicken BBQ  12-4 PM

·       Bike Give Away    5pm

o   Sponsored By  La Marche Funeral Home 

·       Parade 6pm

·       Wrist Bands  7-11pm  $20.00

·       Bike Give Away    7:30 pm

o   Sponsored By  Wheat & Fitzpatrick CPA  

·       Fire Works  10:30 Pm

All Bike Helmets Sponsored By Vine City Supply

Amusements By

Main Event Amusements

There is also a printable version of this schedule available in the downloads section!



Smoke on the Water Registration

Tuesday, June 3, 2014  So it seems as though I was having "technical issues" when I was uploading the new registration!  Its up and ready to go!  Get them in because we have decided to lower the number of competitors to 15 this year!  Sorry for the delay!

Thanks!  NB



Smoke on the Water 2014 Update

Sunday, May 25, 2014  Hello Pit Masters!  Competition registrations are updated and available for download!  Get em while they're hot!  All of the paperwork is available under the downloads tab.  Thanks and have a safe weekend!



Smoke on the Water!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014  Attention All Pitmasters!!! 

 Fire up those cookers!!!  Smoke on the Water is just around the corner!  This year we are making a few changes.  We are going to be changing one of the meat categories to an "Open" category and adding a mystery category which will be announced the day of the event.  Also we are decreasing our maximum number of competitors to 15!  So get your registrations in early.  The fee will remain at $75. Any questions can be directed to

Steve Dresser

Nate Buckley

BBQ Committee

 Thanks For Your Participation!

The BBQ Committee



Its getting cold! Time to check your chimney!

Sunday, November 17, 2013  Keeping chimneys clean is the other key step in preventing chimney fires. If you don't use your fireplace very often, or you just moved, you might not know whether your chimney is clean or not.

The following signs indicate a chimney in need of a cleaning:

  • Burned wood odors coming from the fireplace when it's not being used.

  • Fires that seem to burn poorly or that dump a bunch of smoke into the room.

  • A black damper. Since it sits right above the firebox, the damper is often the easiest thing to see and reach. And it gets caked with creosote. Look or reach inside, and see what you can find. If you see black gunk or you can pull out chunks of the stuff, there's a good amount of creosote built up inside.

How often you need to clean your chimney depends a great deal on how much you use it. The kinds of fires you build and the type of wood you use also govern frequency. As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to have chimneys cleaned at least once a year, usually before cold weather sets in. Some people prefer to do it in the spring, and some chimney sweeps offer special promotions at this time of year to keep business going. This is fine, too, but scheduling a fall cleaning will also clear out anything that might have fallen into the chimney during the summer.

Most people hire chimney sweeps. We recommend it as well. It's dirty work, and not something that's okay to do half-way. A certified, well-trained sweep will do a better job in a shorter amount of time than you can. Look for someone who is credentialed by the National Chimney Sweep Guild or the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

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Hammondsport Assists Bath With Structure Fire

Thursday, November 14, 2013  On 11/14/13 Hammondsport Volunteers were alerted for mutual aid to assist bath with a structure fire.  2101 and Rescue 7 responded with 7 volunteers.  Upon arrival members were put to work with overhaul due to the fire being mostly out.  The members of the bath fire department made a good attack on the fire and were able to knock down the majority of it within a few minutes of arrival.  Units were on scene a little over an hour assisting with overhaul and removal of debris so the fire investigators could find a cause for the fire. 



Fire Safety Week

Wednesday, October 9, 2013  This week is fire prevention week.  Here are some tips to help you make your family safe and help out in case of a fire emergency. 

Step 1. Prepare and Plan Ahead
Make home fire safety the whole family’s responsibility. Work together, from the oldest to the youngest, to come up with an emergency escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.

Try to include at least two ways to escape from each room in your home (this is not always feasible, depending on your home). Map out your fire plan on paper and be sure it includes emergency phone numbers. Post a copy in each bedroom. Try to review the plan with the whole family once a month.

Retractable ladders are a necessity for bedrooms on the second floor or higher. Everyone in your family needs to know how to climb out a window and down a ladder in case of an emergency. Be sure to show everyone how to crawl under smoke to escape during a fire and how to cover their mouths and noses with shirts or towels to keep from breathing in smoke. Designate one family member to assist younger children, elderly relatives or pets during an emergency.

Decide on a meeting spot that is outside and away from the house. All family members living in your home should know the fire plan, including where to gather once they have evacuated the house.

Be sure all children know what smoke and fire alarms sound like so they can recognize them during a fire. Teach your children the "Stop, Drop and Roll" technique for putting out a fire on their clothes or in their hair.

Keep fire extinguishers in the kitchen, garage and basement and go over how to use them with your family. To operate a fire extinguisher, just remember P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle and Sweep from side-to-side as it sprays to extinguish the flames. Recharge all extinguishers after any test.

Step 2. Install Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Install working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home. This is probably the most important part of any home fire safety plan, as these devices are your first defense against a fire. Once they’re installed, remember to check the batteries twice a year and replace them as needed.

Helpful Tips:

  • Consider using alarms powered by lithium batteries. These batteries can last up to 10 years. After 10 years, it’s also time to replace your smoke alarm.
  • An easy way to remember to check detector batteries is to test them when daylight savings time starts and ends.
Do a home walk-through. Look for places where you might have inadequate detector coverage. Be sure that you mount the devices inside bedrooms or in adjacent hallways. Smoke detectors should be installed high on the wall, preferably on the ceiling, because smoke always rises.

If attaching an alarm to a wall, mount it 6" or 12" from the ceiling. For a ceiling-mount, install the alarm about 4" from the wall.

Each device is different, so follow the manufacturer’s directions when mounting a smoke/carbon monoxide detector. However, most battery-powered smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are easy to install using a power drill, a screwdriver and a ladder. Measure the distance between the screw holes on the detector and then place the detector where you want to install it. Using a pencil, make a small mark on the wall on the outside edge of the detector as a guide and then mark where the screw holes will be. Drill holes in the ceiling where you’ve marked and then mount the smoke detector using a screwdriver.

Safety Alert!

  • Don’t install smoke detectors near windows or outside doors. If there is a fire, smoke might slip outside through one of these openings and not set off the alarm, which can be dangerous.
Helpful Tip:

  • Don’t install smoke detectors in kitchens, bathrooms or living rooms. Steam from cooking or hot showers, as well as smoke from fireplaces and candles, can set off alarms unnecessarily.
Carbon monoxide detectors that are not a combination smoke alarm unit should be installed lower to the floor because carbon monoxide is heavier than air. Many are plug-in units and can be plugged into any wall socket. If you want to install smoke/carbon monoxide detectors that are hard-wired to your electrical system, consult a certified electrician or have it professionally mounted.

Step 3. Practice Fireplace Safety
A fireplace is a fantastic feature and a cozy way to warm up a room, but it’s important to have your fireplace inspected and cleaned annually. Make sure yours is properly vented to the outside and inspect it for any leaks in the exhaust pipe. Clean your chimney regularly with chimney rods and brushes designed for chimney sweeping or hire a professional.

Don’t burn anything in the fireplace other than natural wood and never leave a fire unattended under any circumstances. Be sure your children understand fireplace safety and monitor them and your pets at all times when they are around a burning fireplace.

Step 4. Practice Electrical Safety
Never use electrical appliances near water or close to faucets or water pipes. Do not use any electrical appliances, including hair dryers and stereos, while bathing or washing dishes. If an appliance falls into water, make sure it is unplugged before you retrieve it.

Check all of your appliances for worn plugs or cracked wires. Do not attempt to make your own repairs unless you are an expert. Electrical repairs are best left to the professionals. Unplug appliances when they are not in use.

Make sure you’re not using oversized fuses or circuit breakers anywhere in your house; doing so will not allow the circuit to hold more or enhance the performance of appliances. In fact, this may actually cause overheating and lowered efficiency.

Take care of cords and electrical sockets. Always remove extension cords by the plug, not by tugging on the cord. Never break the ground prong of a three-prong plug to make it fit into a two-prong outlet. Instead, use an adapter. Cover any unused outlets to keep your family safe.

Great work! You and your family are better prepared and more knowledgeable about fire prevention.



Smoke on the Water Results

Monday, August 26, 2013  Hey Everyone!  The results are now posted!  Check under the download tab for the Official Results from this years competition!  Another successful year in the books.  We would like to throw a big Thank You out to all of our sponsors and to all of the competitors!  Also to all who attended, Thanks for coming! 



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