New Castle News

July 22, 2013

Photos, Story: Enon Valley celebrates 37th community day

Kurt Stalma
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A community day usually showcases the charm of a small town and its tight-knit townspeople.

On Saturday, for the 37th time, residents of Enon Valley showed what community is all about.

“Our community is real tight with one another,” said Anthony Sullivan, a police officer in Enon Valley. “You can walk down the street and basically everyone knows each other.”

Sullivan entertained those in attendance as the DJ for the parade.

He said that aside from the traditional vendors and fireworks show, this year’s festivities featured a new track, at Station Two, for tractor pulls. Sullivan said he always looks forward to the tractor pulls, which is a big fundraiser for the volunteer fire department.

He also praised the efforts of everyone who helped make this year’s event a success.

“It’s more like a family reunion for the town,” Sullivan said. “We always invite outsiders to come and see how our town works and operates, and we’re always excited to welcome new people in.”

The day began with a parade down School Street, led by Civil War re-enactors and followed by tractors, the Little Beaver and Lawrence County 4-H Clubs and fire trucks from several different departments. Firefighters participating in the event included Enon Valley, Darlington, White Township, North Beaver, New Middletown Village in Ohio, Koppel, Pulaski and Homewood Borough.

Parents and children lined the streets in anticipation for the parade — youngsters anxiously awaiting parade members to toss candy their way.

Enon Valley Fire Chief Ben Hostetler said he enjoys taking part in the festivities of the day and seeing all the people who come out to take part in them.

“There’s quite a bit of stuff to see and it’s a beautiful area,” he said.

The day’s festivities included face paintings, carnival style bingo, local yard sales and a barbecue chicken dinner, among other things.

Naomi Chaffee was conducting face paintings. She said she’s been coming to the event for five years, despite being from out of town. “It’s a fun community event,” she said. “I like the small town.”