Laceyville, Pennsylvania  

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Join us on Saturday, July 8th for our annual Laceyville Community Day. Festivities will begin at 2 pm and continue on for the rest of the day and into the evening.


Help us to kick off our 2017 Laceyville Community Day with our annual Baby Parade to begin at 2 pm. For preregistration application please Click on this link  Baby Parade

Community Day Glow Run

Join us for the Glow Run to be held following the parade. Registration begins at 8 pm with Glow run starting at 8:30 pm.  For preregistration application please click on this link Glow Run



GRAND PRIZE: $2,400.00 Gift Certificate donated by Fireworks by Donnora

                                                                        Jordan Warfle

  1. $300 worth of gasoline donated by LBA—Jordan Warfle
  2. $100  GC donated by Laceyville Carpet—Corey Wallace
  3. $25 Cash donated by Jeanne DeRemer—Bubba Wallace
  4. $25 GC donated by Apple Wagon Antiques—Jordan Warfle
  5. $50 GC donated by Laceyville Lumber—RuthAnn Nace
  6. $25 GC donated by Bluhm’s Shopping Center—Maddison Puterbaugh
  7. $25 GC donated by Bluhm’s Shopping Center—Nick Risinko
  8. $25 GC donated by Fruit of the Spirit—Cheryl Shoemaker
  9. $25 GC donated by Fruit of the Spirit—Maddison Puterbaugh

10. $25 GC donated by Shamrock Auction—Steve Mokris

  1. One Year Subscription to the Rocket Courier—Edward Taluba
  2. Quad Copter Drone—Maddison Puterbaugh
  3. $50 GC donated by Ringneck Ridge—Ulises O
  4. $25 GC donated by R.G. Brown Welding—Maddison Puterbaugh
  5. $25 GC donated by Airline Petroleum—Nick Rusinko
  6. $25 GC donated by Airline Petroleum—Tina Walters
  7. $25 GC donated by Airline Petroleum—Ali Valentine
  8. $25 GC donated by Airline Petroleum—Gary Rouse
  9. $53 Value Tool Set donated by J & J Sales & Service—Janet Sulginite
  10. $25 GC donated by Lech’s Pharmacy—Valerie Glover
  11. $25 GC donated by Lech’s Pharmacy—Bubba Walters
  12. $25 GC donated by Lech’s Pharmacy—McKenzie Franklin
  13. $25 GC donated by 4 Seasons Farm Market—Kevin Egolf
  14. $25 GC donated by Mark’s Valley View—Sharon Wood
  15. $25 GC donated by Mark’s Valley View—Rick Hunsinger
  16. $25 GC donated by Indian Hill Antiques—Ryan Ruhf
  17. $25 GC donated by Milkhouse Antiques & Tina’s Green House—Maddison Puterbaugh
  18. $50 GC donated by Community Bank, NA—Sharon Prevost
  19. $50 GC donated by Eb’s Market—Tina Carlin
  20. Oil Change donated by Huffman’s Service Center—Norm Wood
  21. $25 Cash donated by Bell Brothers Well Drilling—Kimmy Rosencrance
  22. $45 Kayak Trip donated by EMO—Gary Rouse
  23. $25 GC donated by Kintner’s Country Connection—Maddison Puterbaugh
  24. $20 GC donated by Split Endz—Norm Wood
  25. $25 GCard donated by Burke’s Gun Shop—Gwen M. Burgess
  26. Trimmer donated by Brickhouse Services—A. Miller
  27. $25 GC donated by Verns Feed & Supply—Manuel R Gonez
  28. Money Tree donated by Phil Brewer—Charlie Bendock
  29. $25 GC donated by Laceyville Thrift & Vintage—Jeremy Puterbaugh
  30. $25 GC Laceyville Hardware—Maddison Puterbaugh

Congratulation to all of the winners!!

Community Day July 9, 2016

Pictured Baby Parade Second Place winner Serenity Carter was clearly exhausted by the excitement of the parade. Her parents are Bianca Smith and Brandon Carter of Meshoppen.

The first event was the traditional Baby Parade, organized by Peg Huyck. Although there were only three participants this year—and thus, all winners— the children and their parents enjoyed it. Olivia Zacharias of Tunkhannock took first prize while Serenity Carter of Meshoppen took second and Fidencio Lozano of Laceyville took third.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Overall winner in the Turtle Race, Priscilla (the turtle) with handler Vayda Rought, seven years old, and her father, Sonny Rought. This is the third year that Vayda’s turtle has won the overall ribbon.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Claire Dolman, right, cheers on her little sister, Grace as she’s about to launch a hay bale Saturday during the hale bale toss competition at Laceyville’s 20th annual Community Day Celebration on Main Street.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Adults join in on the hay bale toss fun, and Galen Kithcart of Laceyville looks as though he’s taking his toss very seriously.

Photo by Deborah Courville

After all the fun, it was time to eat. Jamasyn Vaow, 3, and brother, Levi, 7, of Evans Falls enjoy ice cream from the Wood-Fired Pizza food truck on the west end of Main Street.

Photo by Deborah Courville

The Laceyville Public Library’s float.

Photo by Deborah Courville

The Table Rock Hotel’s ‘Boating on the Susquehanna’ float won the prize for the most comical float.

Photo by Deborah Courville

 Market’s float had a theme of an old-time country store.

Photo by Deborah Courville

The Wyalusing Valley Volunteer Fire Department’s restored 1939 fire engine. Won the Vintage Themed category in the Parade.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Brown Hill Tree Co. truck with the U.S. flag emblazoned on both sides, led by Dave Teachat.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Brown Hill Tree Company Winner of the Best of Show in the Parade.

Photo by Tina Carlin

Joslyn Miller of Laceyville laughs at the Dunking Booth. She said her mother had already dunked her twice.

Photo by Deborah Courville

Photos by Deborah Courville courtesy of the Rocket Courier

Photos used by permission

Laceyville’s Community Day Fun for All

The skies cleared just in time Saturday for members of the Laceyville Business Association (LBA) to set everything up for the historic riverfront town’s 20th Community Day Celebration. Although the festivities were scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., folks were already gathering an hour before to watch, or help with the set-up, and to snag a prime seat right along Main Street. Brown Hill Tree brought a huge U.S. flag, which they suspended from their articulated bucket lift so it waved jauntily and proudly over Main Street for the entire event.

Grandparents came with grandchildren, families came together, couples and singles, and older children with friends all attended the event. Though the numbers were down from previous years, perhaps put off by the forecast of high temperatures or rain showers, members of the LBA, which sponsors the event, said it was successful nonetheless. A police presence was visible throughout the day, and no incidents were reported.

Ten-year-old Claire Dolman of Dupont and Laceyville summed up the vibe of Saturday’s event when she ran her eye down the list of events, from the Turtle Race to the Hay Bale Toss, and announced, “I want to do everything.” She and her sister Grace did enter practically every event they were eligible for, and their grandmother, Joan Dolman of Laceyville, had a wonderful time watching them.

 The LBA, as always, crafted the day to encourage people to come and spend several hours. GEM-104 played hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s from start to finish, so there was never a dull moment. In addition to the highlighted events, there was also an entire section of Main Street devoted to children’s amusements, and of course, there was food.

Bounce Party Rentals out of Tunkhannock provided the very popular hydro blast, in which kids pumped up water balloons until they burst, usually on their heads. Bounce Party, who is an LBA member, also provided the new bungee run. This proved popular with teens and tweens and consisted of a long rubber lane along which participants had to run; difficult enough, since the -ike surface shifted under your feet. But a stout bungee cord was also tied around each participant and rushing or pulling against it to see how far you could get was the object of the game.

Endless Mountains Events out of Tunkhannock provided a bouncy castle, an inflatable basketball court and an inflatable baseball game, but technical difficulties prevented them from remaining safely inflated for the duration of the day.

LBA hosted the dunking booth, and there was face painting by Bonnie Baker and a fish pond (with artificial fish) from the Laceyville Public Library. The food began its mouth-watering assault on everyone’s senses early in the afternoon, and it didn’t take long before people were enjoying a variety of freshly prepared treats. Catering the Wright Way offered a complete chicken barbecue dinner. The LBA had more than one food and beverage station offering everything from clams to hamburgers and hot dogs, to “walking tacos,” which is a bag of Doritos with all the taco fixings in it, hot sausage sandwiches, homemade pie and funnel cake. The Fire Engine Food Truck marked the western end of Main Street, serving ice cream, floats, milk shakes and, of course, their famous (and delicious) pizza. On the eastern end of the event near the children’s area was Muncheez of Montrose serving up gourmet fries, grilled cheese and other delights.

Event planners did a great job organizing everything so that a different contest or game went off every hour; there was very little down time, and no time to get bored because in between events, attendees were busy getting food or visiting with neighbors and friends.

The first event was the traditional Baby Parade, organized by Peg Huyck. Although there were only three participants this year—and thus, all winners— the children and their parents enjoyed it. Olivia Zacharias of Tunkhannock took first prize while Serenity Carter of Meshoppen took second and Fidencio Lozano of Laceyville took third.

Immediately following came the Turtle Race, sponsored by Community Bank. Your familiar friendly tellers and bank personnel were there to enter registrants and judge the racing. Participants were allowed to use pets or turtles they captured in the wild, as long as they released the wild caught ones back into their habitat when their day at the races was over.

About 15 turtles, some the size of a cookie all the way up to big mud turtles the size of a salad plate, were placed around the perimeter of a chalk circle. Inside that chalk circle at a distance of a few feet was another circle. The first turtle to cross the inner line won, and there were enough races so every turtle (eventually) won a ribbon for first or second place. Then, any turtle who had taken a first place ribbon was entered into the grand finale.

Excitement was high with owners shrieking and calling to their turtles, urging them to go fast, and head in the right direction (not always easy). The $25 top prize might have been a good incentive, too, beyond the competitive spirit. Vayda Rought and her turtle Priscilla won the top prize. Her father, Sonny, said that this was the third year in a row his daughter had won.

 “Each year it’s a different turtle,” he explained. “We’ve had this one about a month. She’s a wild pond turtle, we grab them in the spring and take care of them until it’s time for the race.”

Participants in the Turtle Race were: First Race, first place, Elizabeth Jones; second place, Claire Dolman; Second Race, first place, Ben Owen; second place, Kendalynn McMicken; Third Race, first place, Trinity Kulick; second place, Garrett Dexter; Fourth Race, first place, Emily Hollister; second place, Morgan Culver; Fifth Race, first place, Vayda Rought; second place, Tayler Vibbard; Sixth Race, first place, Mayce Rought; second place, Tylor Grover; Seventh Race, first place, Karen McMicken; second place, Brandon Franklin.

The LBA sponsored the next event, the very popular Jim Harris sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pulls. Although the three- and four-year-olds were allowed a helping push from officiant Jim Harris, the older children had to haul the 20 pound weight plus the 24 pound cart along the macadam on their own.

The seven- and eight-year-old competition ended in a tie for first place between Tacoma Vanderpool and Tayler Vibbard, who both pulled the cart and tractor an impressive 27 inches. Astonishingly, the “pull off” between these two ended in yet another tie, with each child pulling 23 and a half inches. The third and final contest to break the tie saw a determined Vibbard haul the cart and weight 17 and three quarter inches, while Vanderpool pulled it 15 inches. Seven-year-old Vibbard, smiling but tired, captured first prize as well as a lot of the excitement for the day.

Participants in the Tractor Pulls were: Ages Three and Four: first place, Garrett Dexter; second place, Elijah Wilson; third place, Cameron Westbrook; Jamasyn Vaow and Dakota Haney also participated. Ages Five and Six: first place, Kendalynn McMicken; second place, Kaylonah Welch; third place, Griffin Sheldon; Riyen Otten, Quinn Vanderpool, Neighia DeWitt, Treiah Vaow, Tylor Grover and Kammi Wells also participated. Ages Seven and Eight: first place, Tayler Vibbard; second place, Tacoma Vanderpool; third place, Grace Dolman. Emily Hollister, Levi Vaow, Zakary Otten, Emily Faux and Elizabeth Rosencrance also participated. Ages Nine and Ten: first place, Sara Mikus; second place, Hayley Anaya; third place, Claire Dolman. Rachel Wilson, Damion Franklin, Bridget Franklin, Iszabellea Harvey and Joslyn Miller also participated.

Just as the five o’clock Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest was about to start, the skies, which had been bright with sun and a refreshing breeze all afternoon, opened, and a ten-minute rain shower cleared the street. Many folks took the opportunity to seek shelter and visit with friends, try their luck at the Big Six booth run by LBA member Frank Holdren, or to check out some of the other booths at the event, such as Celeste Kranick’s addiction awareness table, or the booth by Kitson Arts Alliance from Tunkhannock. Some indulged in a second piece of pizza, another ice cream or piece of pie or some French fries. It was touch and go getting enough people assembled once the skies cleared to hold the contest. However, several brave souls eventually lined up and did their best to spit the slippery seeds as far as they could. The winner in the children’s category was Alex Bluhm, and in the adult category, Doug Taylor took the prize.

The Hay Bale Toss was the last contest of the day before the Parade and the Glow Run that began in the dusk at 8:30 p.m. Even though many had taken part in several taxing events already, the fields were packed for most age classifications for the Toss. Laceyville’s Postmaster, Bill Clark, officiated and set up the field of several 30 pound bales bound with twine. In the Under 14 category, Brianna Brotzman took first place with a toss of a remarkable 201 inches. Next came Chris Woodruff at 150 inches, Alex Boyd at 88 inches, Claire Dolman at 44 inches, Tayler Vibbard at 39 inches and Grace Dolman at 37 inches. In the 15- to 18-year-old category, Ben Ruhf won with a toss of 239 inches. Victoria Kerin was next with 206 inches, and Erica Brigham with 174 inches for third. In the 19- to 35-year-old category, Chris Barnes came in first with 256 inches, followed by Galen Kithcart, 228 inches Elizabeth Villard, 211 inches; Codie Westbrook, 191 inches; Lewis Woodcock, 139 inches, and Alisa McMicken, 136 inches. Only two people participated in the 36-50- year-old category: Steve Cornell came in first at 276 inches and Paul Dolman followed with 249 inches. Only one participant admitted to being over 50, and that was Gerald Carlin who tossed for 242 inches and won. Barnes, Cornell and Carlin all tied in the overall finale with tosses over 250 inches. “They tossed them farther than my tape measure,” noted Clark with a grin.

At a little after seven o’clock, the parade began down by Vern’s Feed, with people lining the streets all the way up to downtown. The Honor Guard from the VFW Post kicked off the parade, followed by floats from area businesses and a panorama of area fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles, including the county’s Dive Rescue Team. The vehicles and floats made their way slowly along the roadway, lights flashing and horns blaring to the delight of everyone. Several of the parade participants threw candies at the crowd from their vehicles, and both kids and adults scrambled to grab the tasty treats.

Standouts in the parade were the Wyalusing Valley Antique 1939 Fire Truck, the float by the Table Rock Pub depicting boating on the Susquehanna, Eb’s Old-Fashioned Market float and Brown Hill Tree’s vehicles, both emblazoned with the U.S. flag.

The parade winners were as follows: Best in Show, Brown Hill Tree; Best Vintage, Wyalusing Valley Antique 1939 Fire Truck; Most Comical, Table Rock’s Boating on the Susquehanna. The best overall award among the fire companies went to Meshoppen Fire Company’s tanker truck.

At 8:30 p.m., the Glow Run began at Vern’s Feed and progressed about a mile and a half up to Franklin Street, down Franklin, across to Lacey Street and back up to Main Street, finishing in the center of town. There was a field of 13 runners. First place was won by Kevin Heeman; second was Timothy Kelley and third, Josh Sitas. Sitas, of Wyalusing, told LBA member and one of the day’s coordinators, Tina Carlin of Four Seasons Farm Market, that this race was one of the best he had ever done, and he runs many of them. Also running were Stefani Smalser, Echo Smith and her son, Kian Smith, Tari Trowbridge, her sister Ali Valentine, Alex Bluhm, Darevan Curlee, Victoria Kerin, Jen Bluhm and Adam Bluhm.

And so, another Community Day is in the books. Despite the forecasted heat and rain, the weather cooperated for the most part. Events were well run by the LBA members and enthusiastically joined by all ages, and the food, as always, was fabulous.

Money raised by the event will go to Laceyville’s continuing community beautification efforts and to the town’s nonprofits.

If you missed this year, be sure to put next year’s Community Day on your calendar. It’s small town living at its finest, and it will put a spring in your step, a smile on your face and, most importantly, it will renew your faith in the goodness of people.

Article published in the Wyalusing Rocket Courier 7/14/2016

pictures from past community days