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KIDRON The fun returns to Kidron Community Park this month.
Last year, organizers weren’t expecting the record 600 or so people who visited the park for the annual Kidron Fun Night. This year, thanks to a small army of community volunteers – they’re ready.
All the traditional games and activities of previous years that attendees of all ages look forward to return July 18 to the park thanks to the event organized by Kidron Council and others. A rain date has been set for July 19.
This year, Kidron Community Council became an official 501c3 and is now called Kidron Council. A website at kidroncouncil.com has information and photos of events throughout the year.
Fun Night is the biggest event for the Kidron Council, according to Jacob Troyer, president of the board that organizes the event and volunteers their time throughout the year. He said tickets are handed to people as they arrive for door prizes and they are able to get a rough count of attendees that way. The event includes everyone’s favorite traditional games including bucket brigade, water balloon toss, tug of war and more.
The Amish vs. English softball game kicks off the night at 6:30 p.m.
Yoder Veal will provide food and people have a chance to meet Kidron Volunteer Fire Department members who will have trucks and equipment on display and will provide refreshments. Kids can enjoy cotton candy and face painting.
According to kidroncouncil.com, the schedule includes candy straw pile at 6:35 p.m. for 1-3 year-old children and at 6:50 p.m. for 4-5 year-old children. The ever popular train rides begin at 7 p.m. The bucket brigade is at 7:15 and 7:25 p.m. Three-leg sack race will be at 7:45 and 7:55 p.m. Candy for children at 8 p.m. and water balloon toss at 8:20 and 8:30 p.m. Tug of war at 8:40 and 8:50 p.m.
The events wraps up around 9 p.m. so people can finish visiting with each other, volunteers can work on cleaning up and everyone can begin heading home before dark with memories to last – until next time.
Last month, Kidron Days went smoothly with yard sales, a run and a benefit meal.
“Everything was a success and a very good weekend for the community,” Troyer said.
He said they receive compliments for events but keep working to make improvements.
Other events put on by the Kidron Council throughout the year include a Swiss Meal and Egg Hunt and the council is looking into a Wireman Hunt, which would be new this year.
The Kidron Council posts fliers around town to keep residents up to date on events and Facebook followers also can keep updated by following “Kidron Community Council.” Visit kidroncouncil.com.