Hannah Reilly, 4, of Carbondale, with her pumpkin bucket and lips whistle. - Ben Freda | For Abington Journal
SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — South Abington Park was beginning to look a lot like autumn with a warm fireplace on a chilly evening, children dressed in costumes and pumpkins on the picnic tables. These pumpkins were provided by the South Abington Lions Club, which purchased them from Landseidel Farms at half the cost. The club hosted an event called Pumpkins at the Park the evening of Saturday, Oct. 28.
“It’s my favorite event because we get a lot of cute kids, little goblins, little princesses, little ghosts,” said club treasurer Roger Wallace. “They’re all here.”
Parents brought children to the park so they could choose their free pumpkin and decorate faces on them. Children also played the rubber duck game, in which everyone was a winner for participating and was awarded even more candy.
Five-year-old Jacob Phillips and his 9-year-old cousin Lilly Newton came from Moosic to enjoy the event.
“They love coming every year, “said Jacob’s mother and Lilly’s aunt Dawn Phillips. “It’s a great event that they (South Abington Lions Club) put on for the kids.”
Club president Frank Tunis always brings his grandchildren Faith, Makenzy, Bella and Dakota to the event.
“They’re always decorating pumpkins,” he said.
The club enjoys providing the community with many events. During Easter, it offers a big Easter egg hunt, which has Easter eggs scattered around South Abington Park’s soccer field. Upcoming events for the rest of this year include a turkey bingo, which will be held at the Chinchilla Hose Company on Saturday, Nov. 18; a children’s Christmas party, which will also be held at the Chinchilla Hose Company on Saturday, Dec. 16.
“We always hope it would grow,” Tunis said about the turnout of the events. “We like to encompass more but we need to have more people participate.”
Hannah Reilly, 4, of Carbondale, with her pumpkin bucket and lips whistle.
Family members decorate their pumpkins. From left, first row, are Hailey O’Hara, 8, of Jefferson Twp., and her cousins Claire, 7, and Caden, age 5, of Cresco. Back row, Carol O’Hara, Jennifer Cresko and Patrick O’Hara.
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