Baldwin Community Day offers new set of activities
By Stephanie Hacke| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
The mayor and superintendent will take a splash in the dunk tank.
Famous princesses will greet passersby.
There's a new slate of activities planned for this year's Baldwin Borough Community Day. Organizers say they plan to bring the excitement and fun they experienced as children.
Youngsters will have the chance to play in one of the large bouncy houses, ride a pony, visit a petting zoo, have their picture snapped in a booth or play basketball in a 3-on-3 competition.
“We have something for every child, all day,” said Carrie Radacsi, one of the event's organizers. “The day is totally, 100-percent geared toward the children.”
Baldwin Community Day will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Baldwin municipal complex, 3344 Churchview Avenue, with registration for the Baldwin Mile run that takes place along Churchview Avenue. The day will conclude with fireworks by Pyrotecnico at 9:30 p.m.
New organizers are running Baldwin Community Day for the first time in more than 25 years in an effort to draw in larger crowds. The longtime organizers from the Baldwin Borough Community Day Association told council members this summer they were taking a one-year hiatus on organizing the event.
This year's event is being touted as “The New Baldwin Community Days.” A Facebook page with that name had more than 500 likes on Tuesday.
Most of the Baldwin Community Day this year, is new, Radacsi said, including when it's held —instead of the historical first Saturday in June. The Baldwin Mile and fireworks are returning, but the parade and other events have been replaced with a purple-and-white balloon release to help start the day.
“I'm excited about the whole entire day,” organizer Tracy Macek said.
There will be giveaways and free events.
“We want kids to go home with items,” Radacsi said. “It's not about the parents spending $50. It's about the kids coming and having fun.”
Baldwin Independent Fire Company No. 1 will host the borough's first “Battle of the Barrel” in more than 15 years, said fire company deputy chief Bill Connors. The tug-of-war, set up over a barrel, and with water hoses, will be held at 5 p.m. in front of the municipal building.
The fire company has invited a dozen area fire companies, Connors said.
For adults, the day will include bingo and a vendor and craft show.
Community and school district groups will have informational booths, game and food booths throughout the municipal complex. Baldwin Borough Mayor David Depretis and Baldwin-Whitehall School District Superintendent Randal Lutz will participate in a dunk tank.
“It's about bringing the community together and celebrating your community,” Macek said. “This is going to be a perfect day to celebrate our community and celebrate how perfect Baldwin is.”
Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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