2014-06-25 / Front Page

Pettisville Friendship Days This Weekend

Pettisville Friendship Days, an every-other-year festival, is more than an auction, food, and kids games.

It’s a chance for the community to come together, and it happens this weekend.

Deb Neuenschwander, a Pettisville resident, said, “ I think the main thing people enjoy about Friendship Days goes right along with the name that was chosen for the festival when it started all those years ago.

“People enjoy a chance to connect with friends and spend time catching up on each other’s lives.

“The number one activity at Friendship Days may well be simply taking time to talk and share with friends.

“The fund-raising is crucial, and provides a purpose for the festival, and is the reason so many people put in so much necessary work.

“But I think the chance to see friends and spend time together is as important as the fund-raising to most of the people who attend.”

Lynn Miller, who with his wife, Tami, chairs this year’s event, said many of the class reunions for Pettisville High School alumni are scheduled over the Friendship Days weekend.

He’s also heard of many families who schedule their family reunions during Friendship Days.

Fund-Raiser

Miller said Friendship Days started in 1976 to raise money to support the Pettisville Community Park.

The park, which includes an all-season pavilion, shelter houses, pond, tennis and basketball courts, does not receive any money from taxes.

Some revenue comes from rental of the pavilion, but most of the money for maintenance and development of the park comes from Friendship Days.

The Friendship Days committee began meeting and planning the fund-raiser in February.

This year’s feature quilt is called “Swoon.” It will be raffled off rather than sold at auction.

Miller said the reasoning behind raffling the quilt instead of auctioning it is not everyone can afford to spend thousands of dollars to buy a quilt at auction.

Offering it at a raffle gives more people a chance.

At the 2012 Friendship Days, the quilt ended up on the auction block anyway. The winner of the raffle donated the quilt back and it was sold, raising about $5,000 total.

Events

There are new and old events.

Miller said new this year is a performance by an Elvis impersonator on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday morning, the Fulton County Sheriff Department police dog will conduct a demonstration and a helicopter ambulance will land.

Both events could be cancelled if either are needed on an emergency call.

There won’t be basketball or volleyball tournaments, but there will be a basketball challenge skills competition and an obstacle course.

Food is always a big part of the program, with a Friday night dinner, breakfast on Saturday morning, concessions during the day, and Dinner at the Park, a full meal Saturday evening.

Events kick off at 4 pm, Friday, with the childrens silent auction, followed by the auction itself.

Friendship Days culminates with a Community Worship Service on Sunday morning.

The worship service is always well attended, Miller said.–David Pugh

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