PHOENIXVILLE - In celebration of Father's Day, the Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA) and the Phoenixville Area Recreation Department (PARD) will present its 8th annual Father's Day Community Celebration on Sunday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Reservoir Park, Phoenixville.
PAPA organizer Ken Winston said Father's Day is his organization's holiday.
"We've been doing this for eight years now, promoting responsible fathering to those who wish to learn," said Winston. "This is our holiday, and we like to share it with as many fathers out there as possible."
The highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of PAPA's Father Of The Year Award at 2 p.m..
"The award is given to a deserving father through essays generated from the area's elementary schools," said Winston. "The decision is tough as we get a lot of heartfelt essays written about fathers by their children."
Winston said Sunday will be the kick-off for the PAPA/PARD Summer Basketball League as well.
"When we first started this six years ago, we only had eight teams," said Winston. "We've grown from eight to 12, then to 15, and now this year, we have 20 teams. There are over 300 kids involved in this league, and all of the teams are sponsored by various businesses in the community. The league basically pays for itself, and with the community's support, we are most appreciative. I'm overwhelmed by the generosity."
Along with some basketball, Winston said there will be a PAPA Double Dutch Exhibition, and a step routine by the Rickett's Community Center Steppers from Pottstown. Additionally, there will be free rides, including a moon bounce, giant caterpillar and giant slide, provided by Patriot Bank.
There will also be venders, food such as ribs, fish and funnel cake, and Petrucci's will provide water ice.
Winston said he's expecting as big of a crowd as there was at last year's event.
"This event keeps growing and growing," he said. "Last year, we had close to 500 people throughout the day, and we're expecting the same amount this Sunday, weather permitting. The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 27."
As a reminder, Winston said at the event, there will be sign-ups for the next Communities That Care (CTC) father workshops, that are slated to begin during the first week in July.
For further information on the Father's Day Celebration and the CTC father workshops, contact Winston at 484-927-5343.