Tonawanda News

August 8, 2013

Summerfest on tap in the town

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — It’s time for bounce houses, the climbing wall, the pie-eating contest ... and even the “doughnut on a string.”

The Town of Tonawanda’s Summerfest, a nine-year tradition, will continue with a concert and scuba lessons today, followed by the annual playground carnival and events Friday, said Tricia Pray, a recreation supervisor for the town Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation.

Following Wednesday’s  grandparent/grandchild ice cream social, events will continue with free scuba lessons from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Lincoln Pool, 1200 Parker Blvd. The lessons are open to anyone from the town who can swim and handle the required equipment, starting at about 8 to 9 years of age, Pray said. However, numbers are limited (about four people can take part every 15 minutes) and those interested should call the pool at 833-7757.

Festivities continue with a free concert at Brighton Arena, 251 Brompton Road, where Dick O’Dell Swingin’ to the Oldies will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. today. However, the signature event will take place Friday when the annual playground carnival takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. at Lincoln Park, followed by evening activities.

“It’s fun. There’s a lot of stuff for the kids to do,” Pray said. “There are always a lot of booths; the playground supervisors each put something together.”

These carnival-type games — which can tend toward the “goofy,” Pray said, inclues Kanjam, a duck pond and the aforementioned “doughnut-on-a-string” game.

Each game (as well as the bounce houses and climbing wall) costs one to eight “playground bucks,” which children have been able to earn through good behavior or helping out at their local town playground throughout the summer, Pray said. They can also be purchased at the event for 25 cents each or five for $1. 

“You can do a lot for your money at this event,” she said. “It’s definitely not a money-maker for the town. It’s just a community thing.”

Friday’s schedule also includes games and crafts; bounce houses, a climbing wall, Guitar Hero/Rock Band video games, food vendors from 4 to 9 p.m. From 4 to 4:30 p.m., a disc jockey will provide music from the town Showmobile. The pie-eating contest kicks off at 4:45 p.m. 

Later events include a free outdoor concert featuring SoundProof from 6:45 to 9 p.m. and fireworks at dusk, followed by “The Lorax” shown outdoors starting about 9:30 p.m. 

For more information, call the town Department of Youth, Parks and Recreation at 831-1001.