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Annual Southmoreland Schools/Scottdale Community Picnic offers relaxing atmosphere

| Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Kelly Vernon | The Independent-Observer
Kyle Rhodes and Ally Suitor cool off in the wave pool at the Soak Zone at the 2012 Southmoreland Schools/Scottdale Community Picnic

For the second straight year, the Scottdale Kiwanis Club will sponsor the annual Southmoreland Schools/Scottdale Community Picnic.

Once again, the hope of those involved is to offer the opportunity for members of the community to get together and have some fun in a relaxing atmosphere.

As has been tradtion for many years, the picnic will be held on Father's Day (Sunday) at Idlewild Park and Soak Zone.“I think the comunity being involved has kind of diminished,” said Ruthann Bigley, planning committee member. “We would really like a boost. I know it's Father's Day....We're hoping familes will bring their fathers and make it a community, family-oriented fun day.”

Tickets are available at the Scottdale Public Library at the reduced price of $19.50 a ticket. The picnic is open to residents of Scottdale and the Southmoreland School District.

The picin had been organized for a number of years by Richard Campbell, who died in 2011. The Kiwanis Club took the reins in 2012 to make sure the picnic continued.

Much of the festivities of last year's event will return this year.

There will be an old-fashioned picnic at Pavilion E-1 after the Scottdale Community Band plays at 3 p.m. in the stage area.

“People can bring their picnic baskets and join us at the pavilion,” said Richard Means, another committee member. “We'll just have a sort of community meal together.”

There will be an abundance of games to play, raffles are planned and prizes will be given out during the band's performance.

“As they come in people will receive tickets,” Bigley explained, adding that if the person's number on the ticket is called that person wins a prize. “People in the community will supply the gifts.”

Both Bigley and Means said last year's event drew a good number of people to the large pavilion — a number Means said probably surpassed 30 people.

“Lots of people came in and joined us. There was a nice crowd,” Bigley said. “We had a great time, we really got to intermingle in a different way, in a more relaxed setting than in an office. It was a nice family time for us and other families. That was kind of special.”

“People came out and sat and we talked,” Means added. “It was very nice. We had a fair amount of involvement at supper time up at the pavilion.”

Means hopes for more of the same this year.

“We're trying the same thing we did last year and we're hoping that people will take advantage of it,” he said.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or

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