Nearly 300 visitors took part in Rush Township's First Annual Community Day held Saturday outside the Hometown Fire Company.

The event, organized by the Rush Township Recreation Board, was entirely free and included numerous family activities, such as face painting, bounce house, games, dunk tank and so on.

Another treat involved free DJ and band entertainment.

"For being its first year, the turnout was great," said township secretary/treasurer Darlene Fenstermacher, who estimated just under 300 visitors attended the community event. "Most came to have fun or simply relax."

In addition to all the activities, visitors were able to browse a number of local businesses, who were on hand to showcase their wares and services. At dark, visitors were treated to an impressive fireworks display at the Miller Park.

"This event was held to say thank you to all the residents, first responders, volunteers, organizations and businesses that make Hometown a great place to live and shop," said township supervisor Jeaninne Motroni. "This was a great way to bring the community together."