Community Days in Rothsville Rabbit Run, helicopter candy drop, Zoo America part of festivities

By on September 21, 2011

By: LAURIE KNOWLES CALLANAN Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

The rain held off for the 9th Annual Rothsville Community Day on Saturday, Sept. 17.

"We were very grateful that it didn’t rain until almost the end of the event," said Ken Craley, a committee member from Jerusalem Lutheran Church. "It didn’t put a damper on the day at all."

When it did rain, it was around 1 p.m. and the day’s activities were already winding down. Those who were still at Rothsville Community Day at Forney Field simply took cover under the big top tent and waited for the surprise shower to end.

"We had a very nice turnout and I think people really enjoyed the live animal show from Zoo America. That’s always a big hit," added Craley.

Organized by the four churches in the Rothsville area, including Jerusalem Lutheran, Millport Mennonite, Salem United Methodist and St. Paul E.C., the community day event was also organized by the Rothsville Fire Company, Rothsville Ambulance Association and several local businesses.

Rothsville Community Day got started bright and early with the Rabbit Run 5K Run and Ride. Named for Rabbit Hill, the original name of Rothsville, the Rabbit Run involved people of all ages and even their pets in the 5K run/walk, which was sponsored by Rothsville Family Practice.

New for 2011 was the Rabbit Run ride, which featured bicyclists of all ages riding the event at Forney Field. The 9:30 a.m. ride allowed walkers, runners and riders to raise funds for a community project.

Later in the morning, the activities focused on kids, with a helicopter candy drop sponsored by the Rothsville Ambulance Association for children 12 and under. Other kid-oriented activities included face painting, spin art, bouncy castle, pony rides, a mini-train ride and more.

Since Rothsville Family Days was sponsored by four churches, the musical entertainment had a wholesome Christian family theme. Salem United Methodist’s vocal group Crossings presented a selection of Christian songs, and Cinder the Clown performed, courtesy of the Rothsville Fire Company, which also displayed several of their vehicles.

The Middle Creek Search and Rescue Team and the Warwick Police K-9 Unit demonstrated some of the hard work done by the canine members of the community, in helping to find missing and lost persons, injured persons and assisting the police in serving the public in law enforcement.

"I think that the animals were the biggest hit of community days," said Craley.

After a difficult time with flooding associated with the remnants of Hurricane Lee last week, the Rothsville community had dealt with flooded basements, water rescues and flooded and washed out roads. Rothsville Community Day gave those attending a chance to thank the fire, police and ambulance companies for their hard work serving the community.

"It was a nice day to get the community together and give thanks to all those who helped when it was so needed," said Craley. "And it was a lot of fun." More ROTHSVILLE, page A15

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