Kill Buck Community Picnic still on target for Aug. 4

The second annual Kill Buck Community Picnic is returning this August to the Kill Buck Pavilion, where friends and neighbors will gather for food, games and more fun. Last year, over 200 people attended the inaugural event.

KILL BUCK — The Kill Buck Community Picnic Committee is holding the next annual event on Aug. 4, starting at noon and running until 4 p.m. at the Kill Buck Pavilion.

Hosted by the Town of Great Valley, the picnic will include food, games and more — everything you’d need to celebrate the community and the warm summer weather.

The picnic last year, revived as part of Great Valley’s bicentennial celebration, was organized in an effort to reopen the pavilion to the public. This was a successful effort, as since then the space has been rented numerous times for a range of events.

This year’s picnic will once again feature a 50/50 raffle, which last year netted the winner a prize purse of over $1,500. Also returning will be the Chinese auction basket raffle, featuring goods and items donated from local businesses.

This year’s picnic will also feature musical performances and a contest hosted by Sally Marsh, as well as demonstrations by the Kill Buck Volunteer Fire Company.

Truly a day of fun for the whole family, a waterslide, bounce house and hula hoop contest will also be included in this year’s event.

The second annual Kill Buck Community Picnic is an alcohol free event.

After setting out and achieving their goal last year, the committee have decided on another goal for this year’s event: raise the funds necessary to refurbish and maintain the ballpark adjacent to the pavilion itself.

“That ballpark is as much a part of this community as the pavilion is,” committee chairperson Robert Patterson expressed, “so I think they will appreciate seeing that field restored. It’s where we played as kids. It would be nice to pass it along to this generation.”

In fact, members of the committee have begun a campaign regarding the Kill Buck Pavilion and ballpark, and are looking for your help.

Marilyn Siperek, Great Valley Town Historian, is collecting old photographs to scan as memorabilia from the last instance of the parks popularity and would greatly appreciate community contributions, if any can be made.

Please contact a committee member or Marilyn directly with any questions or contributions involving the Kill Buck Ballpark restoration initiative.

Last year's event saw more than 200 people in attendance, and the committee is hoping for even more this time around.

That kind of crowd needs an “all hands on deck” kind of effort to keep things running smoothly. If you’re interested in volunteering to help bring the picnic to life, contact committee members Robert Patterson, Rebecca Kruzynski or Sue Grey for more information.

As always, events such as this wouldn’t be possible without the support and generosity of local businesses and ownership.

The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated resources or considerations in making this possible, and again urges anyone looking to donate or volunteer their time please contact a committee chairperson today to get involved.

Good times and good food with good friends — it looks like once again, the Kill Buck Community Picnic is going to be a home run.