This year’s second annual Elverson Day in The Park, a free event open to the public, will take place on June 22 at 4 p.m. (rain date June 23 at 4 p.m.). Festivities will start with a bang and end with a bang, as the day kicks off at 8:30am with a 5K run/ 1 mile walk and closes after dusk with fireworks at beautiful Livingood Park.
The last time that Elverson had fireworks was in 2011 for the Centennial Day celebration. Through the generosity of local businesses, Elverson skies will be filled with fireworks once more. For those interested in helping make this year’s fireworks display the best and brightest that Elverson has ever known, donations are being sought form the community. Donations can be dropped off at Elverson Borough Hall or arranged through Elverson Day Committee members Rosanne Thomas (call 610-721-1483) or Esther Prosser (call 484-269-7153).
The 5K Run begins on the west side of Livingood Park at S. Yeingst Dr., heading out onto Main St. up through S. Pine into Summerfield Community, crossing over Route 82 and ending at the Farmer’s Market on the southeast corner of the Park near the gazebos. Awards will be presented at 9:30am and the age groups include 12 and under, 13-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+. Registration begins at 7:30am and closes at 8:20am. Adult (13 and up) registration is $25 through to June 18th and $30 the day of. Children (8-12) are $15 through June 18th and $20 the day of. All participants receive a 5K t-shirt, water and refreshments. Runners may register online at www.oneruntogether.com or visit the Borough website at www.elversonboro.org to obtain a registration form. Parking will be available at the Twin Valley Elementary Center at 50 Mast Dr.
The Elverson Farmer’s Market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Gazebos in Livingood Park. Come out for a variety of organic produce from local farms and local coffee and crafts.
This year’s Elverson Day activities will start later than usual at 4 p.m. near the gazebos. During the Centennial Day Celebration and at last year’s Elverson Day, the activities went throughout the day, leaving visitors with a long commitment. The decision to push the activities until late afternoon will allow community members to plan their evenings around this year’s events.
New to Elverson Day is The Historic Wagon Rides sponsored by The Elverson Historical Commission and Gary Stoltzfus Farm. Visitors will be treated to a 30-40 minute hayride through Elverson Borough’s Historic District, featuring homes and businesses listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The wagon rides will begin shortly after 4 p.m. near the tennis courts and gazebos in Livingood Park. Rides will take place every 45 minutes and will continue until 6 p.m. The rides are free and the tour will feature historic guides who will share the rich history of the community from past to present. Visitors will learn about the Borough’s history from the comfort of the wagon. The information booth will announce when rides are departing on the day of.
This year’s Elverson Day will feature a variety of musicians performing throughout the evening under the pavilion near the gazebos. The Cripple Creek Gang will entertain audiences from 4-5:30 p.m. with bluegrass music; “Johnny Cash” Barnett and Company will perform from 5:30-6:30 p.m. playing hits from the Johnny Cash anthology; and the West Chester Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m.
Children’s activities will feature moon bounce, face painting, pony rides, games, and Pipper The Clown. The Twin Valley Fire Department will play a softball game against another local fire department during the evening. There will also be multiple food vendors where visitors can purchase pork sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, and ice cream. So come hungry and bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music and the fireworks.