Pine Community Day has something for everybody

Friday, July 19, 2019 | 2:41 PM


The Township of Pine is celebrating 30 years of Community Day on Saturday, July 20, and they plan to make it a memorable evening for residents.

While all the fan favorites are returning, such as inflatables for the kids, live music and, of course, fireworks, there will be a few different attractions this year as well.

Fireworks won’t be the only reason people will be turning their eyes to the sky. Four skydivers plan to jump from a plane and land gracefully down below as part of a fundraiser for the Wexford Volunteer Fire Department.

For 36-year-old Ed Ley, whose father has served as a firefighter with the department since 2000, it’s a chance to jump practically into his own backyard.

“For me I’m pretty excited to be able to jump in my hometown, the place where I grew up and where I went to high school,” he said. “That’s a pretty neat thing.”

One of the skydivers will carry a large American flag that was with Ley when he served in the military in Hawaii. Another will carry the fire department’s flag.

“We come down and land and the kids will come and check out the parachutes and be like, ‘Wow, you just came out of the sky,’” Ley said. “It’s usually pretty neat for people that don’t see it regularly.”

The day will also include lots of kids activities, including bounce houses, slides, bubbles, tattoos, a fish pond, sand art, wax hands, a NERF battlefield, rock climbing wall and an obstacle course. The barnyard petting zoo, pony rides and Wild World of Animals will give people a chance to get up close and personal with some animals, including a baby zebra.

The Pine-Richland competitive cheer squad and ultimate frisbee players will be there, and there will also be a pie-eating contest and watermelon contest.

The usual Community Day fare will be available, including shaved ice, pulled pork, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes and pizza.

The live band this year will be Dancing Queen, and Pyrotecnico will once again provide the fireworks show at the end of the night.

Joni Patsko, the director of parks and recreation for the township, has been a part of Community Day for 26 years now. The best part, she said, is the chance to just bring everyone together.

“You see all the little kids and families there and it’s just a fun day for everyone,” she said. “We always get many, many compliments and people just really, truly enjoy it.”

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If You Go

What: Township of Pine 30th Annual Community Day

When: 4 p.m. to dusk, July 20

Where: Pine Community Park

Cost: Free admission. Some activities will have a fee.