The Rekindle Society, The Carolina’s Chapter of SPAAMFAA (The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America) has held an annual Spring Parade and Show in Cheraw since 2007.
The event is held in Cheraw, South Carolina in conjunction with the town’s Spring Festival. The event starts with a parade through downtown Cheraw and ends with a display in the center of town that draws folks from all over the Carolinas where kids of all ages enjoy looking at the fire engines and listening to the stories told by their owners.
The Rekindle Society got its start in 2000 when a firefighter named Rocky Pollard wanted to promote the history of the fire service focusing on restoration of antique fire trucks. Putting a letter in the local newspaper he recruited Travis Stafford, Tommy Pearson and Pete Sisk. They met at O’Charley’s in Spartanburg, S.C. and on that day the Rekindle Society was born. They invited folks from both Carolinas to join and today it has over 40 members. We attend functions in both Carolinas such as the South Carolina Fire and Rescue Conference, The Rusty Piston Show, The Kings Mountain BBQ Festival, The Spartanburg Spring Fling, Williamsburg Spring Water Festival, Cheraw’s Spring Festival, and Camden’s Fire Fest, and several Christmas parades just to name a few.
In 2005 the chapter received its first donated fire truck, a 1960 C-95 Mack from the Laurens County Fire Department. Later that year a 1973 Seagrave was donated by BMW Manufacturing. Both trucks are housed in Spartanburg, S.C. We accept trucks no longer in service from departments and loan them to caretakers in the club. Not all members have trucks so this allows a department to donate a truck for a member to maintain it and participate in events keeping another truck from being lost to rust.