Washington Township to light up Kunkle Park for first 'Country Christmas'
A new Christmas celebration will be held this Saturday in Washington Township.
The township is sponsoring a “Country Christmas at Kunkle Park” from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It came about, in part, because of assistant township Secretary Cheryl Dickey watching holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel, said Lynn Stascak, the township’s secretary and treasurer.
“She was saying how nice it would be to light up the park,” Stascak said.
Having the event is also meant to help fill the void made by the demise of the Fort Hand Festival, which had been held annually in September but hasn’t been held for a few years.
“We felt the park was not being utilized as well as it could be,” Stascak said.
The festivities will include filling a dump truck with donated toys, new and unwrapped, to benefit the Alle-Kiski Kids toy drive. Donations to the drive benefit children in the Kiski and Leechburg area school districts.
The township has been accepting toy donations at the municipal building, Stascak said.
There will also be a bonfire, wagon rides, lighting of the township Christmas tree, crafts for children, a scavenger hunt and caroling. Treats include hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee.
Santa Claus will make an appearance. Children will also be able to write letters to Santa, which will get to the North Pole through a “magical mailbox.”
The crafts, scavenger hunt, pictures with Santa, and the hot dogs, hot chocolate and coffee will all be free.
Families, businesses and groups were asked to create light displays, which will be judged during the event. Each entrant was given a 25-by-25 foot area in the park to set up a display. The winner will get a certificate for a free Kunkle Park rental in 2019.
There were four entries as of Wednesday. “It’s starting out slow,” Stascak said.
Stascak said they hope it becomes an annual event.
“We’ll see how it goes this year,” she said.
Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, email@example.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.