Weekend of food, fun and fellowship set for River View Community Park

| August 3, 2017

WARSAW – A Warsaw tradition is set to continue this weekend.

The 51st annual park social and chicken barbecue will be held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6 at River View Community Park.

“This is something people in the area look forward to,” said Jesse Fischer, president of the park board. “It’s been the same time every year now for a long, long time.”

There will be a pool party on Friday, Aug. 4 from 8 to 10 p.m. with a $2 admission. Saturday, Aug. 5, Bingo will be at the large shelter from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday is the main event and starts at 11 a.m. with the KAJD Band and food will start being served at 11:30 a.m.

“The food will be what everyone has come to expect – the same great barbecued chicken and homemade pies and ice cream,” Fischer said.

Lunch includes chicken made by the Walhonding Valley Firefighters, homemade noodles, sandwiches, and fresh desserts.

“The pies are donated from folks throughout the community that are supporters of the park and the ice cream is made by the park board with the help of Warsaw Dair-Land’s machine,” Fischer said.

The rest of Sunday’s lineup includes a demonstration by McFarland Martial Arts School at noon, the Walhonding Rube Band playing at 12:30 p.m., Chestnut Ridge Bluegrass Gospel band performing at 1:30 p.m., a $51 coin toss at the pool at 2 p.m., kids watermelon eating contest at 3 p.m. and post time for the Beaver Run Duck Run, which involves plastic, numbered ducks is 3:30 p.m. The lineup of fun for the event also includes a dunk tank and the Rollie Darr Memorial Baseball Tournament.

“Parents and grandparents look forward to and get a kick out of seeing kids compete against each other in the watermelon eating contest,” Fischer said. “The duck race also is popular because it’s something that is unique and you don’t see everywhere.”

The plastic ducks can be adopted for $3 a piece or two for five. If you are lucky, your duck will finish in the money, or you could be the lucky 50/50 winner.

Proceeds from the weekend of fun help the park board with general maintenance and Fischer said may also assist them with resurfacing the basketball courts in the near future.

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