JT holds annual Stay-At-Home Festival
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Boys and girls picked the grass clean of hundreds of peanuts as they competed to win the "peanut scramble".
Once again, Jim Thorpe's annual Stay-At-Home Festival held at Memorial Park Saturday, sponsored by American Legion Post 304, gave area residents a great reason to do just that stay at home for the 4th of July holiday.
Speaking on behalf of the American Legion, member Bob Marzen wished to express their "appreciation to the major sponsors who helped make the event possible".
The fireworks were sponsored by Mauch Chunk Trust Company, and the day long musical entertainment was sponsored by the Jim Thorpe National Bank.
According to Marzen, the weather was excellent with a good turnout of festival goers and with thousands enjoying the fireworks display that evening.
A full agenda of children's events in the morning made for a fun-filled day for children and parents alike.
Among the children's events were a water relay race, a peanut scramble, a watermelon eating contest, and a pie eating contest.
They also enjoyed a live petting zoo and the many rides within Memorial Park itself as well as a visit by Buster the Clown.
Live musical entertainment for the day was provided by the 'Easton Municipal Band" from 1 to 5 p.m., and "Shades of Grey" from 6 to 10 p.m.
Marzen noted that the Easton Municipal Band was a real crowd-pleaser with a wide variety of medleys from the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and patriotic music from other periods of American History.
There was a wide variety of food and refreshments provided throughout the day by participating local volunteer organizations.
Among those groups were the United Church of Christ; St. Joseph Church; Boy Scout Troop 555; and the Germantown Grove Club.
In addition to the kids' rides by METZ Amusements, there were also tethered hot-air ballon rides in a nearby athletic field which provided an extra-spectacular view during the fireworks display which wrapped up the day's events.
In addition to the members of the American Legion, they were assisted throughout the day by the many people who volunteered their time to help make the Festival a success.