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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Folks gathered at the baseball park in Meshoppen recently to make plans for the upcoming Meshoppen Community Day on Saturday. From left is Michelle Isenberg, Brandy Teel, Roger Teel, Dan Tompkins, organizer Cindy Cona, Doris Pickett Debbie Force and Crystal Weaver, who are all working to make the event a success.

On Aug. 12, the second annual Meshoppen Community Day will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the local baseball field in Meshoppen.

The event is open to the public, and is being held to help raise money to purchase new playground equipment at the field.

Event organizer Cindy Cona reported that people will have access to the ballpark on the day of the event.

The bridge nearby which spans Route 267 is being replaced, but construction will not begin until Aug. 14.

Live music will be performed throughout the day, Cona said. Among the scheduled performers include J.T. Maxwell, Zieger Family Music, Wyoming County Players, and Holly Stark. Whipple Art Studio will be performing some theatrical skits.

At ceremony honoring local veterans is scheduled at noon. Veterans from Black Walnut American Legion will assemble at the car dealership and march across the road to the park.

“We’re going to have a young man doing a marching drum roll on his drums as the veterans march down. And I will have flags mounted on the pavilion.”

After the veterans arrive at the park, a ceremony will be held, honoring all military personnel, including POWs and MIAs.

Cona said that 19 vendors have signed up for the event. Among the activities include a bounce house, a kiddie tractor pull, water balloon fights, and a corn hull tournament - which is similar to a bean bag toss.

Kids will be able to win prizes at the ‘duck pluck’ in which they will pick out rubber ducks from a pool. Adults can compete for prizes at the dime pitch.

A chicken barbecue will be provided by the Meshoppen Fire Department. A raffle basket drawing will be held between 4 to 5 p.m.

Cona said that she got the idea for Meshoppen Days a few years ago while attending a similar event down in Florida.

“And I thought, why can’t we have the same event here,” she said.

Cona said she thought it would be a great way to help revitalize the area, while at the same time raise money to benefit the community. Last year, Meshoppen Days raised just under $1,700 which has been earmarked for the purchase of playground equipment. This year, Cona hopes to raise more. She could not provide an exact figure on how much will be needed to buy the playground equipment, but estimated it could be around $20,000.

Meshoppen Days was well attended last year, Cona said, although she is certain the fact it rained affected the number of people showing up.

This year, it is hoped the weather will be clear and the attendance will be better.