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Celebrate Poland 2019 is fast approaching

June 5, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Celebrate Poland is weeks away and will be here before anyone realizes. This year's event will feature a lot of returning favorites with a few new venues joining the line up. One of the new venues will be the first safety forces softball game.

"The softball game was just a theory one year ago," said Cindy Best from Celebrate Poland. "This year I pushed the issue and went in front of the PFA (Poland firefighter association) to see what kind of feedback I would receive and was met with no resistance. It passed. Then I went in front of the Celebrate Poland board and it was received with open arms."

At 4 p.m. on Saturday (June 29) the Poland Fire Department will take on the combined Poland Village and Police Township police departments in what is hoped to become an annual event. The game will take place at Fireman's Field on Riverside Drive.

"It's a going to be a great community get- together and bring the two forces, being the Fire Dept and Police Dept., closer together as a brotherhood," said Bob Dutton, coordinator for the event being called "Guns vs Hoses."

Best said at this time the big prize will obviously be bragging rights, but a trophy will be awarded at 6 p.m. on the stage behind Village Hall.

The second new venue will be a tour of the Truesdale home at 214 South Main Street. This event is being used as a fundraiser for the event. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29. (More on this in next week's Town Crier)

Celebrate Poland will take place on the grounds of Village Hall at 308 S. Main Street and the practice field adjoining the property. The event is set for June 28 and 29 this year.

"On Friday we start with the Strawberry Festival leading up to the Fireman's Parade at 7 p.m., then at 7:45 Disco Inferno starts to play until 10:30," Best said. "The weather was fabulous last year and everyone had a great time. Disco Inferno knows how to entertain for sure."

Saturday will begin with Chalk the Walk, the Craft Show, Poland Idol, Amazon Eric, Kids games, Putt Putt, Ferris Wheel, Blueberry Pie Baking Contest, Petting Zoo, Pony rides, DJ and of course the evening ends with a fabulous fireworks display.

"Something else that is new this year is the price for the kids to do the bounces and the Ferris wheel," Best said. "We try to keep with our mission to have a fun filled couple of days for families that won't break the bank. This year along with free pony rides and petting zoo the cost of the ride bands has gone down. Friday a band is $3 for all night all the bounces and the ferris wheel included. Saturday the bands are $5 for the entire day and evening and includes both the rides and the ferris wheel. Our hope is to one day receive enough in sponsorships and donations to offer the bounces and rides for free."

She said last year there were fewer donations and more expenses, making this year's need really large.

"We run strictly on donations," she said. "There are so many things that people don't even think about and I understand that, but the community needs to understand if we don't receive the monetary donations we can't have this event. It is honestly that simple. I can tell you I have grown a few grey hairs worrying about having the money for this event. We have some new sponsors this year who have really helped us out and the ads are starting to come in. We are in a better financial place right now, but not a place where we can relax. For instance we need more garbage cans we could easily use 40-50 but we are buying 25 because that is what works within our budget and if you think 50 cans is a lot you should stop by after the fireworks or on Sunday morning! We want to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who sent in a donation, because of you we can do this for the community! And, it is never too late to donate."



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