Thousands celebrate Founders’ Day

This article can be found published on the Southern Chester County Weeklies‘ website.
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Adults were able to participate in a “pie” eating contest for a prize at Founders’ Day. (Candice Monhollan)

POCOPSON — It was a day of fun and games at Pocopson Park as people flocked out to celebrate the eighth annual Founders’ Day on Sept. 28.

This year’s Patriotic theme saw volunteers, people and balloons decked out in the red, white and blue.

“It’s a great day that we just get to celebrate our community and have lots of free activities, especially for the kids,” said Karen Cresta, secretary of the Founders’ Day Committee.

It was also a record-breaking year for the event as the park played host to more vendors and people than ever before.

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“In the past, we’ve had about 2,000 people come through,” said Colleen McKinney, chair of the committee.

This year is estimated to have attracted 3,000 people.

“It’s bigger than ever,” Cresta said. “Every year it’s getting bigger.”

For vendors, there’s no fee to set up. Instead, all they are asked to do is donate some items to be raffled off at the end of the day.

Different area sponsors also donated items.

“They donate apples, the tents and give us discounted prices and the band,” Cresta said.

Throughout the day, there are also events for people to participate in, including bingo under the main tent and a children’s patriotic parade, where they marched around carrying little American flags.

But the most popular events were the eating contests.

“We have a committee and each year, we try to find new things to do and the fun things always seem to be eating of the donuts for the kids,” Cresta said.

Each kid who participated had to eat three apple cider donuts — donated by Northbrook Orchards — the fastest.

“The kids love it, so we keep doing it every year,” Cresta said.

Special for this year is an adult version of the contest, but for them, they had to eat a donut topped off with whipped cream.

Oh, and they had to do it without using their hands.

There are also games, activities, pony rides and a small petting zoo for residents to enjoy.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of others willing to give their time.

“We have so many volunteers from (Unionville) High School, the football team, Boys Scouts, the Chester County Youth Club,” Cresta said. “They all volunteer their time to make this happen.”

It has become a tradition of fun for residents in Pocopson and one that will continue on for years to come.

“(The event is) unique with the township coming together and just having that sense of patriotism this year,” Cresta said.

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