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Scottdale community to gather for picnic

| Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The ninth annual Scottdale Community Picnic will be held Aug. 19 in Loucks Park.

The event began on the 125th anniversary of the borough as a way to remember the borough's heritage and reminisce about days gone by when picnics were held in the park while bands played and neighbors socialized.

The first event included food and a small display of fireworks. Since the first picnic, the event has continued to grow. Now, it includes a Chinese auction, activities for kids, two bands, a large food selection and large fireworks display.

Committee member Tinky Nist said the event depends on sponsorships.

"And we really have a lot of good, consistent sponsors," she said. "After the first year, we sold the food cheap and really didn't set out to make any money because we thought it would be a one-time thing, but people kept calling the borough building wanting to know when the next one would be."

At that point, picnic committee members decided to get sponsors.

Both chicken sandwiches and a bowl of cabbage and noodles are on the menu for just $1 each, and the highest-priced items are hot sausage and Italian beef sandwiches at $2 each.

Assorted fruit pies are $1.50 a slice.

Events will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the welcome and invocation.

Throughout the day, music will be played by the Scottdale Community Band and the group Back In Time.

A Wild World of Animals show will be held at 4:30 p.m. It is being sponsored by Dr. Dave Armor with Armor Chiropractic Center.

A Citizen of the Year Award will be presented.

Nist said the recipient has been an active volunteer in the community.

A Chinese auction and 50/50 drawing will be held, and members of the local Girl Scout troop will lend their artistic talents by face painting.

Free glo sticks will be handed out, and a slide show will be held at dusk, with fireworks afterward.

"The event has really become something that the people in the community look forward to every year," Nist said. "It's a chance for the community to get together, and it's just a really nice day."

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