“You only have a 200th birthday once in your life, and we want to do it up right,” Eaton Township supervisor Randy Ehrenzeller said.
He and fellow supervisors noted last Wednesday that the planning effort on the part of so many has come down to a last few days and right now they’re just hoping for good weather.
“This should be a big time for everybody,” Ehrenzeller said.
In his 18th year as Eaton supervisor, he said he wanted to go out with a bang and it looks like everyone is going to make that happen.
This Saturday, July 15 , the fun starts in front of the Eatonville United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. with a foot race and fun run timed by Tunkhannock Area track coach Randy White.
There is a church service at 9, followed by a recognition of pioneers (those 90 and over) at 9:45, with a welcoming of dignitaries.
Children’s games and activities will be going on simultaneously at the Baptist Church parsonage lot, Bounce House Rentals lot and Creekside Gardens, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Want a hot dog, there will be plenty to go around, and the supervisors underscored they are free thanks to so many people.
Cookiouts are planned at WalMart, Weis Market, Creekside Gardens, Brady & Cavany, and the Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Want to top your meal off with a little strawberry dessert with ice cream? Slip back over to the Methodist Church from 1 to 3 p.m.
If music is your thing, the Airport Pickers and other musical groups will be at Village Lane, Creekside Gardens and the Comfort Inn.
If history is your thing, check out some 14 different panels of old-time photographs strategically located around the township, with the lions share at the Active Adult Center in Dymond Terrace. Other historic displays will be at Weis Market, Ries Studio and the Methodist Church.
Folk art is at the Comfort Inn and lots of vendors including Seneca artist Carson Waterman of the Seneca Nation who helped dsign the local Seneca Trail signs will be selling his art at vendor displays at Village Lane and Creeksde Gardens
Ries Studios will have a glass studio tour.
There are hayrides, craftmaking, and fly-tying demos as well as displays of antique cars and farm equipment.
Procter & Gamble will have its consumer trailer in the Ace Hardware parking lot,
A free shuttle will be available during the day to take participants to each of the local venues.
“We’re expecting a good day and lots of stuff,” Ehrenzeller said with businesses also throwing in their own specials.
Ehrenzeller said he wanted to thank the roughly two dozen folks who have been working diligently over the past year behind the scenes – talking through the logistics of what could be done, organizing activities, and getting business sponsors.
“It’s not over yet,” he said , “But they are doing a marvelous job and it will be great.”
Hats off as well to the other two supervisors – Ken White and Paul Rowker – who see the day as a real opportunity to instill community pride.