Free crafts for kids were among the many activities sponsored by area businesses and Limerick (PA) Township during the annual Community Day held Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) in Limerick Community Park.

LIMERICK PA – Bright sun, moderate temperatures and the inviting greenery of nature’s beauty created a perfect backdrop for the thousands of visitors Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) who thronged Limerick Community Park, Swamp Pike and Zieglerville Road, to enjoy the township’s annual Community Day activities.

Birds chirping, musicians playing, singers crooning, children laughing, and the hubbub of people talking in voices soft and loud all combined to create an exciting symphony of sound for the event. The day was part government showcase, part business expo, part food court, and – according to many of those in attendance – wholly delightful.

Representatives of the Limerick Fire Company and others that serve the area were on hand, along with apparatus they proudly displayed to the public.

“Isn’t terrific to have all these people here?, township Parks and Recreation Director Karen Hegedus rhetorically asked as she hurried as fast as she could go – one of her legs was in a brace – across the grounds. “Great turnout,” agreed Jim Phillips, business development officer for Limerick-based Victory Bank.

The bank was one of dozens of vendors who competed for shade beneath the park shelter and nearby free-standing tents, as a bright sun shone across the lightly clouded sky overhead. A huge American flag flew above the proceedings, suspended from the arm of a giant crane. Guests cruised the vendor aisles as they might at any trade or home show, stopping to talk with smiling business owners and pick up a free trinket or two.

The folks behind the Edible Arrangements booth offered one of the fastest-moving give-aways to passers-by: chocolate-dipped fresh strawberries.

Re-stocking brochures and handouts being taken by visitors was almost a full-time job at the display table for Bright Beginnings Day Care.

Beyond the canopy of the park shelter, Victory Bank employees manned a coin-toss game. They were happy to show you how it's played, too.

Over at Exelon's booth, company employees entertained children while talking to their parents about license renewal for the Limerick Generating Station.

Was it food you wanted? Community Day provided plenty, including stuff to satisfy the sweet tooth. Baked goods and other treats were being sold by members of the girls tennis team at Pope John Paul II High School in Royersford.

Four-legged friends found time to enjoy the park too (and create some mischief).

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