Growing Community Day has fun, food ‘all day long’
This might be the year that Joni Patsko runs out of park – but then again, she thinks that every year.
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Patsko and the rest of the staff at Pine Township have been gearing up for the annual community day, an event that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
‘I keep saying every year that we’re running out of space, but we never do, and we keep putting more in,’ Patsko said. ‘This year, it is close to being filled in.’
Pine Township Community Day will commence at 1:50 p.m. Saturday with a flag raising at Pine Community Park. Events will run until the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
The park will be filled with new events and favorites from years past, Patsko said.
Phil Henry, a Pine Township supervisor, lamented that he missed the community day last year but said there is something there for everyone in the community.
‘There’s food and different crafts and entertainment all day long,’ he said. ‘It’s a nice day, and it’s a very positive day, too.’
Patsko said there are several new events this year.
‘I would say a couple of the new things this year would be the Rocktopper’s climbing wall, the pedal tractor pull and the Keystone Karaoke,’ she said.
‘We try to keep some of the old things because people seem to enjoy them. I always like to try something new. People usually come out pretty good for it.’
What’s more, the annual event is heavy in activity but is light on the taxpayers’ wallets. Patsko said advertisement and community sponsorship pays for most of the community day festivities.
Cooperation from the community allows her to focus on other things, such as arranging a volleyball tournament between the various homeowners associations in the township or scheduling the bocce tournament on the township’s new bocce field.
Another event will sponsor the parks themselves.
‘We’re doing something a little different. Friends of Pine Community Parks are trying to do a golf ball drop,’ she said. ‘You purchase a golf ball and then around 7 p.m., the fire company will drop the golf balls over a cup. Whoever’s golf ball goes into the cup or closest to the cup gets half the money.’
Mark Berton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (724) 779-7108.