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Mt. Pleasant to host party in park

| Monday, June 24, 2013, 12:24 a.m.

Fireworks will once again be seen over the town of Mt. Pleasant when the borough celebrates its annual Party in the Park on July 3.

But the fireworks display will only be part of the party.

“It's really become a nice event for us,” said Jeff Landy, Mt. Pleasant borough manager.

The event will be held at the gazebo area of Veterans Park.

“This year, we will be having vendors and food, and the music will be provided by Switch. There will also be family-friendly games for everyone to enjoy,” said Landy.

The Party in the Park has been a borough tradition for several years. Attendance has grown every year.

“We see bigger and bigger crowds every year,” said Mt. Pleasant Mayor Jerry Lucia.

Lucia said he is looking forward to the event.

“I am really exited to see everyone have a good time and enjoy the evening,” he said.

The games and vendors will begin around 6 p.m. Music for the evening will start at 7 p.m., and the band will be set up in the gazebo area.

Landy said as a way to make the event even more exciting, a new attraction has been added.

“This year, we are going to be having a laser show,” Landy said. “This is something new to Mt. Pleasant, and you have to be at the gazebo to see it and enjoy it. We're hoping that people like it, and it's nice to have something new.”

Following the evening festivities will be the annual firework display.

In past years, a fundraiser was held prior to the July event to raise money for the cost of the fireworks, but this year, the fireworks will be paid for from the proceeds of the fall Tomato Festival, a new event that borough officials hope will become another annual tradition.

“We have had fundraisers for the fireworks in the past, but they didn't really generate the funding that we needed,” Landy said. “We are hoping that the new Tomato Festival will be a great draw and will be a way for us to cover the cost of the fireworks.”

Visitors to Party in the Park are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to use.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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