Grattan Singer Hose Co.’s Fellstock might be the best thing to do in greater Carbondale
FELL TWP. — Ryan Cosklo and Joe Unis, two volunteer firefighters at Grattan Singer Hose Co. in Simpson, have spent countless hours putting out fires throughout Fell Township. Now they’re about to deliberately set their town ablaze — by rebooting a day-long music festival, Fellstock, that is likely to heat things up for the small town. Fellstock is ready to fire up from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Gratten Singer Hose Co.
“We only operate under the good grace of the support we get from the community,” Cosklo said. “The fire company wouldn’t exist without the community’s support.”
Cosklo, who is organizing the event alongside Unis, said since the community has shown the fire company immeasurable support, the fire company wanted give back by hosting a fundraising event the community could enjoy with the entire family.
That’s where Fellstock comes in.
“Fellstock was a big deal back in the day,” Cosklo said. “This is the 20th anniversary of the first ever Fellstock. They stopped doing it a while back, but we wanted to bring it back,” he added.
Mike Critchley, a musician and DJ from Carbondale, was at the inaugural music festival in 1995.
“The first Fellstock was part of a series of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Fell Township,” Critchley said. “It was a very popular event. It was so popular, it became an annual event.”
Fellstock faded out, hosting its last event in 2001.
Fourteen years later, it’s back, and the hype is real. Brian Carlson, from Carbondale, said it’s “about time” something good happens in the area. “Events like this rarely take place in Simpson. It’s good to see people in the area stepping up and reviving the area,” Carlson said.
Critchley helped recruit talent for the music festival. Fellstock will feature seven musical acts, including solo musician Richard Kutch, and bands The Wanabees, Static in the Attic, Blue London, Broken Hearts and Auto Parts, Jigzy Piconi and His Allstars, and Dani-elle and Music City.
“There’s a big variety of music for everyone to enjoy,” Critchley said. “There will be everything from rock to country to classic to modern, contemporary music.”
Cosklo said they’ll be selling beer provided by 3 Guys & A Beer’d, hot dogs and hamburgers. Carbondale Lodge No. 249 FA&M will also be there selling cheese steaks, pierogis and french fries.
Fellstock will have a bounce house for the kids and a dunk tank.
Perhaps the best thing about Fellstock is it’s free.
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