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Walnut Street playground to hold 30th anniversary party

Published August 07. 2012 05:01PM

It's about to turn the Big 3-0.

But, that's quite all-right by the Walnut Street Playground Association, which will hold a 30th Anniversary Celebration from 5-10 p.m. Friday.

The event will be held on the playground, located at 125 S. Walnut Street, Slatington. Parking will be available across the street in the Municipal and Vigilant Fire Company parking lots.

It will feature a night of food, games, contests, music and karaoke, according to WSPA member Robert Stettner. Food vendors will include Jon Rinker, who will sell cheesesteaks, pork BBQ, and pulled pork sandwiches; Tara Jenkins, who will sell Italian Ices, and the playground, which will sell hot dogs, soda and water out of the refreshment stand, Stettner said.

Music lovers can dance and sing the night away as they listen to the sounds of DJ Skittlez. A variety of games, contests, and raffles will be held throughout the nice as well. In addition, there will be a 30th Anniversary cupcake.

Stettner said one of the main contests will be sidewalk chalk drawing, sponsored by Crayola, and judged by Slatington Mayor Walt Niedermeyer. Other contests will include bean bag, ring toss, minigolf putting and free throw shooting at the basketball court.

Old-fashioned games will include beanbag, ring toss, fishpond and more. The Northern Lehigh Community Center will do hula hooping and arts and crafts, while the Northern Lehigh Youth Athletic Association Football cheering will offer face painting and tattoos.

Stettner has encouraged prospective visitors to think of their favorite memory at the Roosevelt/Walnut Street Playground, as the Association will have a memory board for them to write their favorite memory and attach it to the wall of the refreshment stand.

A display of old pictures from the playground, as well as a history of the playground and association, will also be available to view, he said.

Other participating groups and activities are still in the works, said Stettner, who encouraged those to follow the WSPA on Facebook for the latest information and additions to the celebration.

There is no rain date for the event; in the event of a steady rain, it will be canceled.

For more information, or groups who would like to set up/participate in the festivities, please call Stettner at (610) 554-4099.

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