Tom Poorman, president of the Kidron Community Council, said, “The council hosts five events a year for the Kidron community, including Kidron Fun Night.
“Last year we had a few food vendors and the feedback was so positive that we are having Roy Yoder with his veal sandwiches and ice cream and P.A.W.S back,” Poorman said.
The evening gets started with recognition of the summer baseball leagues at 6:15 p.m., with trophies awarded. The annual softball competition between the Amish and the English starts at 6:30 p.m.
Air Bears, a life flight helicopter from Akron Children’s Hospital, is scheduled to land on the ball field and will be opened for visitors to tour. Kidron Fire Department will be there with fire trucks and other equipment. A barrel train ride, sponsored by Miller Homes, will be available for the children. Tug-of-war and bucket brigade games will start after 7 p.m.
Around 8 p.m., a second helicopter will fly over the ball field and drop candy. Other activities include face painting and a balloon artist, who will be making balloons for the kids. Prizes will be given out all evening. Tickets for the prizes are available at the entrance gate. While there is no charge for the tickets, attendees do have to have a ticket to qualify for the prizes.
“This event has been going on well over 12 years for the community. We try to tweak it and make it better each year. It’s just a great night for fellowship and fun and meeting up with neighbors,” Poorman said.
“The balloon artist was new last year and he was there until every kid that wanted a balloon got one. He didn’t want anyone to go home without a balloon. I recommend everyone come early, have dinner with their family and have fun with our activities,” he said.
Poorman said 80 out of 91 businesses donated prizes last year and they are hoping to get the same generous response this year. This is Poorman’s third year on the Kidron Community Council.
“The council includes seven members that look out for the safety and interest of people in the community,” he said.
The Kidron Community Council was established in 1956 to provide a central organization to address problems within the community, to stimulate interest in the community and encourage its development, and to foster a healthy spiritual, moral and ethical environment. Membership is open to any adult resident of Kidron.
Proceeds from machinery sales three times a year go to the Kidron Community Council, as well as annual membership dues. Other events hosted by the Kidron Community Council include a Swiss meal in January, Easter egg hunt in the spring, Kidron Days in early summer and an Oktoberfest in the fall.
For more information about Kidron Fun Night or about the Kidron Community Council, visit the website at http://kidroncommunitycouncil.org.
Published: July 10, 2012