By Alex Woodring

Staff Writer
awoodring@putnamsentinel.com

OTTOVILLE - The Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firemen's Association (NOVFA) will be holding their Volunteer Firemen's convention in Ottoville this year. The convention, now in its 139th year, is an annual event celebrating the region's volunteer firemen through games and events.

The convention kicks off June 14 with the Firemen's challenge at 4 p.m. followed by a waterball contest at 5 p.m. The waterball contest is a fan favorite event where participants use fire hoses to force a hanging ball onto their opponents side in tug-of-war fashion. Both of these challenges will take place on Church Street in Ottoville.

A staple of the convention is the Queen's Contest in which a fireman's daughter is elected queen. Registration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. with the preliminary interview following. The contest begins at 5:30 p.m. at Ottoville High School.

The convention picks up again the next day with the NOVFA Convention meeting at 9 a.m. The meeting will cover important volunteer fireman topics as well as picking next year's convention host. At noon, the Ottoville VFW will host a Past President's Luncheon.

The convention is capped by a parade at 1:30 p.m. with a trophy presentation and raffle drawing to follow the parade. The drawing and presentation will be held at the convention's headquarters, the Ottoville Fire Department.