Thunder threatened but the rain held off yesterday afternoon as hundreds turned out for the annual July Fourth celebration at Pearson Park in Neshannock Township.
Christina Hunt was as excited as her children about the face painting Amy Eidenmiller was doing for her children, Nevaeh, 8, Nylah, 6, and Mikai, 3.
“They get excited about this and (Eidenmiller) does a good job,” she said.
The picnic shelters were filled as temperatures topped 85 degrees. Many brought their own tables for additional eating opportunities and folding chairs to enjoy the Red Coat Band, which played patriotic music and World War II-era swing from 2 to 5 p.m. The band was followed by American Mobile Sound DJ.
Some started to fold their chairs as skies darkened at about 4 p.m. and they began to hear thunder, but park activities were planned to continue until 10 p.m. when the fireworks were set to start.
In addition to the hot dogs and hamburgers being grilled at the shelters several food trucks lined up in the Hutchison Center. They included Dunkin’ Donuts, Kona Ice Shavings, AskKris Mediterranean foods and Grannies’ Kitchen from Grove City. Henry’s Ice Cream offered its chilled treats at a separate location near the swimming pool.
In addition to usual holiday fare, Beverly Henry of Grove City offered haluski and haluski with sausage.
“I’ll have pierogi when I make some,” she said.
Henry said she purchased her food truck four years ago and has taken it to events in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Although she is losing her eyesight, Henry said can still cook and will continue to make the foods her children grew up loving for as long as she is able.
“I have a large menu and I enjoy catering events,” she said.
“This is my first year here,” she said of the Pearson Park setting.
Water stations, offering free, chilled bottled water, were located around the park, sponsored by Dr. David Spokane and Giant Eagle.
Other activities included bounce houses, rides on the township’s antique firetruck, face painters and chalk drawings.
Events concluded with fireworks by Pyrotecnico.