The Make Believers returned with their 7th annual entry,
Fiah Twuck. This amazing team remakes their
sculpture every year, and are experts at creating solid-looking sculptures that are light enough to
ride on unreinforced bicycle wheels. For instance, the truck’s front grill is a modular
plastic shelf painted silver. The bright red playful tribute to firefighters did marvelously
in all terrain.
Their enthusiastic squad included three people dressed as fire (complete with sparks shooting from their hats).
They won the Best Pit Crew award. Costumer Andree Maslen’s designs were inspired by
photos in the Fire Museum of Maryland of 19th-century uniforms. The hats are made out of plastic
flower pots; and gold-painted chicken toys replace the golden eagles found on front of the original helmets.
Captain Larry Klemm led pilots Frank Conlan, Eric Jack, and
Karen Klimek, all from Baltimore. Pit Crew were Fiah Chief Peter Stern, Holly Tominack, Michael Rios,
Rocco Andrews, and Jim Russ as Sparky the dalmatian.