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Shanksville Community Picnic returns Saturday

August 4, 2018 GMT

“With a small town, we’re all family –– regardless of blood,” Shanksville fire department Secretary Holly Knepper said. “I think that’

s what people look forward to, to reminisce.”

Knepper and the rest of the Shanksville fire department organized all of the food, games and tents for the Shanksville Community Picnic, which will take place Saturday at the community grove near Shanksville-Stonycreek High School.

Knepper said a lot of people come for the food, fireworks, live music and fellowship.

The picnic is sponsored by the fire department and helps to fund equipment purchases each year.

The first community picnic was held in 1930 by the Stonycreek Valley Community Association, with more than 3,000 people attending. The annual event has been sponsored by the department since 1956.

Organizers are also planning kids activities, including a bouncy house, petting zoo and dunk tank. A pet parade is also planned for 12:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to dress up their animals. The event is topped off with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

This year residents may have a harder time getting to the picnic because of construction of a bridge on Main Street over Rhoads Creek.

People who want to attend can park in Shanksville and take the pedestrian bridge to the grove, or use the detour from Causeway Drive to Route 160, then to Corner Stone Road.