SAYRE — With the summer coming to an end, Sayre had one last celebration on Saturday before the winter blues roll in.
There was something for all ages at the Sayre Borough End of Summer Celebration with food vendors, local business stands, a video game trailer, bounce houses and even a special visit from iconic animated movie characters.
Kara Cochi, who had went to the event every year since it started, made her way to the celebration at Riverfront Park this year to be apart of the Sayre Area School District’s booth.
“I also watch the band and then I will watch the fireworks,” said Cochi. “It is fun, I like to come visit people and socialize — it is a good time.”
For Ray and Carol Underwood, the celebration was a way to watch their grandchildren play in the Sayre band. Carol said that it was a great first time though they wouldn’t be able to stay for the fireworks.
“We have never been over to this and we decided to see what it is all about,” said Carol.
“We went to the first half of the football game and then brought them over here,” said Ray.
Tyler Crossett has been going to the End of Summer Celebration for a few years and has had a good time each year.
“It is beautiful out here and I think everyone is having a good time,” said Crossett. “I just think that maybe it would be a good time to hang out with family and friends.”
According to Crossett, the Celebration hasn’t changed to much throughout the years except for different people getting to enjoy it.
“My favorite part is to listen to the music and watch fireworks.”
WYALUSING — Athletes from across the region challenged their strength, endurance and determination Saturday during the Wyalusing North Branch Triathlon — a race that tested their ability on foot, on water and on bicycle.
45 participants began the race which started with a 3.6 mile run, followed by 4.5 mile kayak paddle and 15.3 mile bike circuit — 35 cyclists crossed the finish line.
Nancy Keeler, Triathlon Chair through the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce who hosted the event, stated that while it is a long time Wyalusing tradition, the race was not pulled off without challenges of its own this year.
Usually boasting a total of 23.4 combined foot, kayak and bicycle miles, the triathlon had to be rerouted in 2019 due to road construction and the closure of Route 187, leaving it a 17.5 mile competition.
Regardless of the new route, Keeler said the race was a success and drew men, women and mixed relay teams as well as individual participants from as far away as allentown and New York State.
“They really love it,” she stated, noting that there were many returning competitors this year as well as a lot of new faces.
Multi-year veteran triathlon participant Randy White, a track and cross country coach from Tunkhannock told of his passion for the event.
“I just love the race, I just love all three of them together, it is a great race, it’s a very good event for the area,” he commented. “I think it’s just great, it brings everyone together and it is a good community event...I think it’s very important to keep people moving and get them out in the great endless mountains.”
While granting participants the opportunity to test their physical and mental ability and take in the outdoors, the race also benefited Wyalusing as a whole as it generated business for local establishments, explained Keeler.
“It brings a lot of people to the area and we have a lot of local athletes and they really enjoy it,” she said.
Marc Lewis, a group participant, finished the Wyalusing North Branch Triathlon first with a total time of 1:27:23 followed by individual competitor “Doc” Leon Mosher at 1:32:07 and individual racer Dawson Patrick at 1:35:05.
Brittany Jackson, who competed with the group “Holding Our Own” was the first place female finisher with a time of 1:44:00.
TROY — Passports abounded at Troy Sale Barn Saturday — not a kind that permit international travel however but instead lead to a world of local tastes.
The inaugural Troy Rotary Summerfest brought 17 food vendors into town, allowing attendees to sample area baked goods, alcohol, maple products, meat and more all while raising money that the Rotary will use to help the community.
Event organizer Earl Swain told that passports, which cost $30 at the gate or $25 for non-alcohol passes and allowed admission to the event, also supplied attendees with specials offers and freebies to be used at Summerfest vendors or town businesses.
Swain stated that proceeds earned from Summerfest will be used for Rotary projects such as supplying Canton and Troy third graders with dictionaries, the foreign exchange program and aiding area families with financial assistance in times of need.
“(The Rotary does) everything we can...we try to do things for everybody that we can,” Swain said, and noted that the Rotary gave approximately $9,000 to community outreach last fiscal year.
“Part of Rotary’s purpose is to bring business in, promote business, and so we wanted to promote an event down town Troy,” he commented.
Entertainment throughout the day included Troy Town Band, a cornhole tournament and the Kevin Hyatt Band. The Troy VFW/American Legion Color guard presented an honor ceremony as well.
Bryan’s BBQ Pit sold food from the Troy Sale Barn parking lot during Summerfest with a percentage of sales to be donated to Guthrie Troy Memorial Hospital mammography and breast cancer awareness department.