By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury
UPPER FREDERICK >> The community was game for some family fun in the township Saturday.
Hundreds celebrated National Family Health & Fitness Day with activities at two community day events. Children enjoyed riding along a mobile zip line, bungee jumping on a trampoline, rock climbing and even running in giant hamster balls. The events also featured pony rides, a petting zoo and lots of food.
Upper Frederick Township and Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church have been holding their community days in conjunction with one another for 10 years. The public events are held right across the street from one another. This year was so packed with people that it stopped traffic on Big Road.
“We have always worked together because it helps both of us and the community,” said Paula Bickelman, event coordinator for the St. Luke’s Community Day. “We partner with the township and by doing this together it makes a big, great event.”
The St. Luke’s event had something for just about everyone. Children played sports and slid down a huge inflatable slide. Adults checked out the vendor tables and ate samples of free healthy food. Pottstown community garden manager Laura Washington had a table to inform the public about the gardens and the Pottstown Athletic Club. She grilled meats and vegetables to show healthy ways of preparing food. The 130 pounds of food she brought to the event was almost all gone by the end of the community day.
“This table has been very busy,” she said. “People are excited to try something new.”
Across the street, the township community day had lots of kid-friendly activities and two live bands to keep everyone entertained. Upper Frederick Township Manager Jackie Tallon said the event gets people to enjoy open space and be active. She said most of the activities were for children such as face paintings, a clown making balloons and a mobile entertainment truck.
Games 2 U out of Downingtown set up an activity station at the township community day. The mobile truck travels to different events with several games. One of their most popular games include children getting in a giant hamster balls then running over people, literally.
“It’s a very unique experience,” said Games 2 U owner Jim Sheehan.
Tallon said the township has the community day every year so people are aware of all the community helpers and resources. Bickelman said the St. Luke’s event is just another way they reach out to the public. For more about Upper Frederick Township visit www.upperfrederick.com and for more about St. Luke’s Church, visitwww.stlukeschurchpa.com/directions.html.
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Michilea Patterson is the Fit for Life reporter and is funded in part by the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.