The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch has partnered with the Baldwin Historical Society to bring you a weekly trivia question that delves into our area's colorful past.
and Patty Woehler, co-presidents of the society, generously write the questions and provide the pictures.
Here is this week's question:
A local "Battle of the Barrel" event happens annually at firemen's carnivals, community day celebrations and holiday festivals.
The tradition started in then- in the 1930s on Ruthwood Avenue, and it has continued through the years.
In the early years, the participating firemen did not use a barrel; their hoses were used to knock down firemen on opposing teams.
Nowadays, a barrel is strung up high on a wire, and the participating teams try to get the barrel over to the opposing side.
This photo is from 1972 and features (of now-) battling Baldwin's other fire companies and fire companies of surrounding areas.
On a sunny day, when the fire hoses are crossed before battle, it makes for a beautiful rainbow. The local tradition continues to this day in Brentwood Borough before its annual .
Which team won this "Battle of the Barrel" in 1972?
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