Pop quiz: What’s the oldest organized sport in the United States? Sure, baseball is a good guess. But just ask a fireman, and he’ll tell you it’s mustering, a competition to see which team can shoot the longest stream of water from a manually pumped fire engine. The first contest was held in Bath, Maine, on July 4, 1849, and today, the New England States Veteran Firemen’s League continues the tradition with an authentic muster at the New York City Fire Museum. Using antique fire engines from the 1800s, teams from all over the northeast will be competing for the first time in New York City, and spectators are encouraged to join in the pumping. The event is part of the museum’s family day, an afternoon of fire-safety demonstrations and special exhibitions.
Sat., Sept. 22, noon, 2012