Coplay column: Coplay Community Days a success
Last year's Coplay Community Days got caught in the rain as Hurricane Irene moved through the region. The weather was perfect for this year's event, however.
This year's Community Days is believed to be one of the most successful events of the program's 31-year existence.
The principal goal of the event is to provide the community a place to enjoy the end of summer before fall sets in. The event also acts as a fundraiser for the community organizations participating.
Although too early to report on the financial returns, the crowds present for the four-day celebration, held Thursday through Sunday, were smashing. Rides opened Thursday and the celebration began Friday evening.
Event Chairman Steve Burker estimated the crowd at 3,000, with bigger crowds returning Saturday and Sunday. The carnival rides and game stands fared well at Saylor Field all three evenings, and the live music at the parkway pavilion brought in the crowds through Sunday.
The homestyle food sold well. Attendees enjoyed halupkies, cabbage and noodles, potato pancakes, meatball sandwiches, steak sandwiches, hot dogs and pierogies as well as other treats.
Community Days had been in a need of a major boost as some in the community in recent years thought the event had run its course. Not so this year as a karaoke contest and wing-eating event drew large numbers of people.
It was a weekend to remember with something for all ages, from polkas to children's shows.
Now that school is about to start, officials remind motorists children are at bus stops during the morning and afternoon at various locations across town waiting to board a school bus.
Drivers should be aware there is a heavy fine if they ignore a flashing red light of a school bus picking up or dropping off children.
The borough parkway pool is now closed. A deejay was on hand Saturday for a pool party for the children, followed by a free swim on Sunday. The borough swimming pool was one of the only public pools to remain open this late in August.
While attendance figures are still being crunched, the numbers are expected to be higher than 2011. The swimming lessons for children offered at the pool by the Catasauqua YMCA was also a success.