Bucket Brigade

Bucket Brigade Returns!


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West Plains, Mo. – Chief Joe Auffert and friends from the Howell Rural Fire Department will once again provide fun and excitement at the Old Time Music, Ozark Heritage Festival for all who wish to participate. Young competitors are the focus of this event, but all ages are welcome!


Bucket Brigade competitions will take place at the “fire house” which will be placed on East Main near the Children’s Activities area.  Events are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday June 1, and 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 2.

Come join in what is probably the wettest event at the Festival!

The two-day annual event in downtown West Plains, Mo., celebrates Ozarks music and culture.  Admission to all festival events is free. Festival hours are 3-9 p.m. Friday, and noon-9 p.m. Saturday.

2014 Festival Chief Joe Auffert

A bucket brigade is a method for transporting items passed from one stationary person to the next. The method was important in firefighting before the advent of hand pumped fire engines, whereby firefighters would pass buckets to each other to extinguish a blaze. This technique is still common where using machines to move water, supplies, or other items would be impractical.