Historical Society hosts Leesport Area Community Days

Friends Bailee, 6, and Anna, 6, ride the tea cups at Leesport Area Community Days at Leesport Playground on Sept. 9.
Friends Bailee, 6, and Anna, 6, ride the tea cups at Leesport Area Community Days at Leesport Playground on Sept. 9. Lisa Mitchell - Digital First Media
Schuylkill Valley Community Library offered crafts for kids at Leesport Area Community Days at Leesport Playground.
Schuylkill Valley Community Library offered crafts for kids at Leesport Area Community Days at Leesport Playground. Lisa Mitchell - Digital First Media

Leesport Area Historical Society hosted the annual Leesport Area Community Days at Leesport Playground Sept. 8 and 9.

The community event included rides, games, food, entertainment and booths by local businesses and organizations, as well as fireworks Saturday night.

Rain that week prevented the ride vendor from bringing the bigger rides, the field was too mushy to bring them in. The Historical Society posted on the Leesport Area Community Days Facebook page that “Not only would they have torn up the grass, but there was concern about how stable the equipment would be on the soft ground.”

There was plenty of fun offered to children with the tea cup ride, dragon coaster, bouncy house, inflatable slide, Ferris wheel and games.

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While the band Branded performed country music on the stage, Historical Society President Richard Strause was out collecting donations for the fireworks, wearing a T-shirt saying, “Did you know?”

Strause said the Leesport Area Community Days started in 1977 as the Tropseel Remmus Picnic which is Leesport Summer spelled backwards.

“We had it once in a while and then 10 years ago Missy Strause decided to have this Community Days so we invited all the different area community organizations. We don’t charge anybody. We run the food stand. We get the bands.”

Strause said the Historical Society hosts Community Days, but the whole community benefits from the event.

“(They gain) community spirit and each organization grows from it,” said Strause. “It’s really cool.”

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Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is the editor of The Kutztown Patriot and Managing Editor of Berks-Mont Newspapers. Reach the author at lmitchell@berksmontnews.com or follow Lisa on Twitter: @kutztownpatriot.