Residents of Warren Center -and beyond- enjoyed the second day of the annual Warren Township Firemen's Field Days Saturday.

In addition to a chicken barbecue, midway and Chinese auction, the event featured fireworks on Friday night and a parade on Saturday night. This year's parade through Warren Center focused on the township's bicentennial, with floats carrying an anniversary theme.

Refreshments, bingo and carnival games lined the midway in the community park. A dunking booth proved most popular for children, who took turns sitting in the booth and attempting to dunk their friends.

Attendees also gobbled up the chicken barbecue. Volunteers manning the barbecue pit said they had gone through over 600 chickens by Saturday afternoon.

The event raises money for the Warren Township Volunteer Fire Department, particularly the massive Chinese auction, which this year featured over 250 items donated by local businesses and residents.

Big-ticket items at the auction included handmade wooden furniture, a child-sized all-terrain vehicle, a television and even some animals-two rabbits and several kittens.

Puppies have also been offered in the past, said auction coordinator and fire department member Peggy Baldwin. "The animals really draw in the kids," she said.

Last year, the auction alone raised about $3,500 for the department. "Every year, we do just a little bit better," Baldwin said.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: