PERKASIE/SELLERSVILLE — The popular standards are back for the 47th annual Pennridge Community Day, which this year is July 7.
Opening ceremonies, including the Citizen of the Year presentation and the Community Day Essay winners, are at noon at the Sellersville Veteran's Monument. The day, which takes place in both the Perkasie and Sellersville parts of Lenape Park, ends with the fireworks, scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m.
"It's one of the best fireworks in the area," said Paul Lorenz, who this year began heading the Pennridge Community Day Committee and who said the fireworks are his favorite part of the day.
"For the fireworks show, the field is just filled with people," Lorenz said. "People view the fireworks from all over town. It's an amazing show."
Registration for the baby parade starts at noon.
The baby parade, itself, is at 1 p.m. The canoe races also start at 1 and continue until about 4 p.m. The Perkasie Police Department dunk tank also starts at 1 p.m.
Water balloon toss is at 2 p.m. The peanut scramble is at 2:30 p.m. The sack three-legged, relay and 50 yard dashes are at 3 p.m.
Magician Joseph Koppell performs 2 to 4 p.m.
The watermelon eating contest is at 4:30 p.m. Lucky Ducky Derby is at 5 p.m.
A new activity, the Revivals Block Party, part of the Re:VIVALS Community Outreach Center programs, is scheduled for 5 p.m.
"They're gonna be doing a block party there, providing entertainment before the fireworks," Lorenz said.
The Community Day event is one of a series of Revivals Block Party Trailer stops this summer, according to Re:VIVALS information.
At 6 p.m., Pennridge area fire companies compete against each other in water battles and tug of war.
Perkasie Carousel, in Menlo Park, is open noon to 8 p.m.
Pennridge Community Day also includes vendors, crafts and food stands.
This year, there's even a barber.
"You can actually get a haircut from Modern Male," Lorenz said.
A full schedule and other Pennridge Community Day information is at www.Pennridgecommunityday.org.
This year's Citizen of the Year is Tom Skiffington, owner of the RE/MAX 440 office in Perkasie and who was Pennridge Community Day president for more than 15 years, ending with last year's Community Day.
"What he has done for Community Day in the past, I think it's a no-brainer," Lorenz said. "It was an easy decision to pick him."
He said Skiffington did an amazing job with Community Day and has helped a lot in the transition.
Along with Community Day, Skiffington said his community involvement has included serving on the Bucks County Community College Board of Trustees, being active in Pennridge Chamber of Commerce and Perkasie events including the annual tree lighting, as well as serving on local, state and national realtor organizations.
After growing up in Upper Gwynedd, he moved to the Pennridge area in 1988 after marrying, he said.
Now a Hilltown resident with a Perkasie mailing address, Skiffington said his first home in the Pennridge area was in Sellersville before moving to Perkasie, then the current one.
"I plan to be here for life," Skiffington said.
He opened the business in Perkasie in 1992, then moved to his current office at 7th and Market streets in 1998, he said.
It will be nice to be on the other side of Community Day this year, he said.
"Definitely a lot less work," Skiffington said.
"And, I think sometimes it's good also to get new blood in there because they can change it up and improve it," he said, "come up with new ideas."
Lorenz, president of GALCO Business Communications in Quakertown, is also president of the Perkasie Rotary Club.
He said he's attended Pennridge Community Day his whole life.
"I was born and raised in West Rockhill, went to Pennridge High School," he said.
After having lived in Quakertown, he now lives in West Rockhill, he said.
When he heard last year about the possibility of Pennridge Community Day being discontinued, he contacted Pennridge Chamber of Commerce about partnering to have it remain, he said.
"It was very important to me to keep the tradition going," Lorenz said.
Pennridge Community Day is held each year on the Sunday following July 4.