DUPONT — The last hurrah of the summer was held in the borogh when the Dupont Crime Watch and the Dupont Lions Club presented the Labor Day 4K Race and the Labor Day Party in the Park Sept 1.
Over the last 10 years, Dupont’s Labor Day Party in the Park has been a way to give back to the community. There was music by Facing the Giants, games, food, balloon artistry, park playground equipment, raffles and the night ended with free showing of “Jurassic World” at the Little League field.
The 5K race continued this year after being introduced in 2017 for the borough’s centennial celebration and was chaired by Camaryn Lokuta, assisted by her father, Fred. Dupont Lions Labor Day 5K t-shirts were given to all race participants and U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright was on hand to present medals at the awards ceremony to all division winners of the race.
This year’s overall winner was 32-year-old Tim Nowakowski, of Frackville, with a time of 18:35. First female winner was Julie Langan, 23, of Baltimore, MD.
“This year the Lions Club took on the 5K race and the Crime Watch took on the Party in the Park,” said Bob Price, president of the Dupont Crime Watch and a member of the Dupont Lions Club. “This year’s 5K race weather was a little bit cooler because last year it was 95 degrees.”
Children were able to utilize the park gym equipment and play with the water balloon launch in the baseball field.
The Dupont Fire Dept. was on hand for the children to experience the borough’s fire trucks and ambulance up close. “We have the fire department here doing public safety and they were also letting the kids see the equipment,” Price said.
Leo Nalaschi, of Pittston Twp., stopped by the Party in the Park with his wife Christine and four children, Jacob, 10; Logan, 8; Carley, 4; and Leah, 3.
“It’s really cool that the kids are having a good time with the balloons and the kids are having fun with the fire trucks,” Nalschi said. “With the touch-a-truck, the kids love to get a fire hat.”
Nalaschi said he and his family frequent the park because he utilizes the bank and gas station in Dupont and his children play t-ball at the Dupont Little League.
“We do come here a lot,” Nalaschi continued. “Dupont does a lot of kid-friendly things with the Lions Club, including the Easter Egg Hunt where the entire Little League field is filled with eggs. There’s a lot Dupont has to offer.”
The Dupont Crime Watch will sponsor a Halloween Trunk or Treat next month.
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