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Schuylkill's Bicentennial fireworks set for Saturday

Published July 05. 2011 05:01PM

Schuylkill County will continue its Bicentennial celebration this Saturday, July 9, with a picnic and fireworks presentation at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove Township.

Starting the day will be registration for the Bicentennial Geocaching Event, a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the jury parking lot behind the Schuylkill County Courthouse. After registration, Geocachers will be on the hunt for 12 caches hidden all around Schuylkill County.

The last stop on their trip will be Sweet Arrow Lake, where they can turn in their completed registration card for a limited edition Schuylkill County Bicentennial GeoCoin. For more information see GC2VBBV at

The picnic will begin at 1 p.m. at Sweet Arrow Lake ( # with a dedication of the pavilion to Sen. James Rhoades. Their will be entertainment throughout the day, plus activities for all ages up until the fireworks display which will be held at 9:30 p.m.

Skyshooter Displays by ZY Pyrotechnics will provide the fireworks show. The fireworks will be launched from the dam breast area by the Waterfall Road parking lot.

There will be food and beverages available for purchase throughout the day, including hot dogs, hamburgers, soft pretzels, Caribbean cuisine, ice cream, french fries and funnel cakes. Bicentennial merchandise will also be for sale.

Admission to the picnic, the fireworks, entertainment, children's games/storytimes/face painting and presentations are free.

Activities include a Chinese auction, an Old Time Toys presentation by Porcupine Pat, a sale and raffle by the Friends of Schuylkill County Parks, a DVD presentation on the history of Sweet Arrow Lake, face painting, fly tying by Trout Unlimited, an antique fire truck and pumping display, a rescue diving display, children's games, children's storytimes, clowns and balloon animals and more

Parking will be restricted at the Waterfall Road parking lot and will be limited to handicapped parking and vendor parking at the Clubhouse. Parking will be available at the Boat Launch parking area along Sweet Arrow Lake Road and at the Church of the Brethren across from the Boat Launch parking area. There will also be parking available at the Pine Grove Area School District.

A trolley and/or bus will provide transportation to and from the Clubhouse. Transportation will also be available between the Boat Launch parking area and the Clubhouse.

The rain date for this event is Sunday, July 10. For more information, please contact Sharon Love at (570) 628-1191. You can also check out for a complete list of information.

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