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Growing Community Day has fun, food ‘all day long’

| Monday, July 16, 2001 12:00 a.m

This might be the year that Joni Patsko runs out of park – but then again, she thinks that every year.

Schedule of events
Township of Pine Community Day events on July 21 include:

  • 1:50 p.m. – Flag raising – Boy Scout Troop 344

  • 2 p.m. – North Hills Historic Auto Club Display until 4 p.m., Marucci train rides until 7 p.m., dunk tank until 7 p.m., climbing wall until 9 p.m., Keystone Karaoke until 9:30 p.m. (Festival Tent)

  • 2:30 p.m. – Drew the Fool – One Man Circus! until 3:15 p.m., hay rides until 8 p.m. (lower ballfield), Moonwalk until 8:30 p.m., Gymagic Bus/Obstacle Course until 7:30 p.m. r3 p.m., Barn Yard Petting Zoo until 6 p.m., storyteller (Festival Tent), Volleyball Challenge

  • 3:30 p.m. – Watermelon-eating contest – children and adults (stage area), storyteller (Festival Tent), Ruffles the Strolling Clown until 5:30 p.m., Pedal Tractor Pull – ages 3 to 8

  • 4 p.m. – Fairgrieve School of Dance on Stage, Wexford Volunteer Fire Company Battle of the Barrel (Lower Ballfield), storyteller (Festival Tent), horseshoe pitching contest – until 6 p.m. (Horseshoe Pits), pony rides until 6 p.m.

  • 4:30 p.m. – Storyteller (Festival Tent).

  • 4:45 p.m. – Center for Young Musicians on stage

  • 5 p.m. – Parkvale Savings hot air balloon until 8 p.m. (lower ballfield)

  • 6 p.m. – Pie-eating contest for children and adults (stage area), bocce tournament until 8 p.m. (bocce courts)

  • 6:30 p.m. – Dancing Queen Band on stage

  • 7 p.m. – Dance contest until 7:30 p.m. (stage area), Friends of Pine Park Golf Ball Drop (lower ballfield).

  • 7:30 – Awards and raffle drawings (stage area)

  • 8 p.m. – Dancing Queen Band on stage

  • 9:30 – Fireworks by Pyrotechnico Awards, raffles, face painting, food, games, crafts and 50/50 raffles will be offered throughout the day.
  • 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 or (724) 779-7108.

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