Food, fun and a rebirth of tradition

By on September 14, 2011

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer



Fireworks return to thrill guests for the first time since the tragic accident back in 1985 at Reamstown Days last Saturday (top); and Julian Wardle sings her heart out, earning first place in the talent show. (Photos by Stan Hall)Fireworks return to thrill guests for the first time since the tragic accident back in 1985 at Reamstown Days last Saturday (top); and Julian Wardle sings her heart out, earning first place in the talent show. (Photos by Stan Hall)

Reamstown and surrounding area residents enjoyed the colorful display which lit up the night sky last Saturday, one that had not been seen in the park for 26 years.

Ken McCrea of the Reamstown Days Committee, who said the fireworks went off without a hitch, feels attendance was up for Reamstown Days this year despite the flood and resulting conditions the local area experienced from the previous week. He estimates over 500 people attended Friday and Saturday.

McCrea attributes the increase in attendance to the fact that there was a good band, the fireworks were back and the canceling of the Denver Fair.

"The parking lot was full, we sold nearly all the food we had and a lot of people were sitting in their chairs watching the band," said McCrea. "They did the ‘YMCA,’ and there was a lot of audience participation."

While Rick K. and the Allnighters had the Lions Club volunteers dancing in their trailer to "The Twist" as they happily served French fries to guests, Boy Scout Troop 60 Assistant Scoutmaster Brian Roth and his scouts ran the games of skill as they anxiously awaited the fireworks which had hoped wouldn’t be canceled again due to weather.

"I believe in the power of positive thinking," said Roth. "I didn’t even bring a raincoat."

Visitors enjoyed everything from a duck race, which was won by Layne Gable, to a new event, the "horse" race, featuring local community figures as the contestants. East Cocalico Township Police Officer Melissa Arment achieved the first place award in this event.

The quoits tournament also was held for the first time this year during Saturday afternoon. Finishing with a score of 21-15, Bill and Jason Conrad took the win. Juliana Wardle won first place in the talent show, and the top award in the pet show went to MaKenna Martin and her cat "Moona."

Although Reamstown Days was a success, McCrea said that the planning committee has shrunk over the years. He added that the event is in danger of not being held next year unless some more volunteers are recruited. Anyone who is interested in serving on the committee or helping out in any way, such as in the kitchen where there was a shortage this year, should call McCrea at 336-5520 or Minerva Bitner at 627-1716.

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