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Scottdale community picnic slated for Father's Day

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The annual Scottdale Community Picnic, hosted by the Scottdale Kiwanis Club, is slated for Father's Day, June 15, this year.

This is the third year in a row that the Kiwanis has hosted the event and club member Jim Pallygus said participation seems to grow each year.

For years, community member Richard Campbell was in charge of selling tickets for the community picnic and when he could no longer do it, the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce had looked at hosting it, but instead asked the Kiwanis Club if they wanted to take on the responsibility.

“We were happy to take it on,” Pallygus said.

The group communicates with Idlewild and Sozk Zone and secures a set number of tickets, which are being sold for $21 at the Scottdale Public Library this year up until June 14, or until they are sold out. Tickets can be purchased with cash only.

In addition, the club secures a pavilion at Idlewild the day of the picnic and provides refreshments and raffles off a number of baskets that are donated by local businesses and organizations.

“The Scottdale Band is always there and usually plays something in the afternoon and that's when we raffle off the baskets,” Pallygus said. “Anyone from Scottdale can get a raffle ticket free of charge to participate.”

Rhonda Allison, a member of the Scottdale Band, said the band has been playing as part of the community picnic at Idlewild since the 1980s.

“When we first started playing the band stand was just a flat stage with no roof that was surrounded by hedges that was full of bees,” she said. “We had to wear hats because it was so hot, so playing on the stage with a roof now is wonderful.”

But while the stage has a roof, the audience has to sit out in the elements and the day of last year's picnic it rained tremendously.

For the first time ever, the Scottdale Band made its way to the pavilion allotted to the Kiwanis for the picnic and played there.

Pallygus said members of the Kiwanis and any resident who wishes to contribute can bring a covered dish or some type of food to the pavilion and around 3 or 4 p.m., as there will be a smorgasbord buffet for people to enjoy.

“It's really a fun tradition for the community,” he said.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.