LEROY – Fishing poles, cornhole, athletes and entertainment — summer hit full swing Saturday as the Endless Mountains Heritage Region’s Bradford County Summer Parks Series premiered at Sunfish Pond in LeRoy.

Joining the annual Sunfish Shuffle hosted by Run Bradford County, the expanded event brought a day full of festivities to the Sunfish Pond to encourage community members to take advantage of the counties’ outdoor resources and beauty.

A cornhole tournament, children’s fishing derby and live entertainment was provided for guests during the event which was completely free to the public as well as plein air painting, kayaking demonstrations, Tanglewood Nature Center’s “Amazing Animals” Wildlife Exhibit, river rock painting a number of art, food and information vendors and a local heritage display.

Cain Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Endless Mountains Heritage Region told that the organization plans to promote parks in all four counties it serves over the next several years and began with an event in Bradford County due to it’s abundance of parks, support from County Commissioners and a grant awarded to EMHR from the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency to assist with the cost of advertising.

Next year, EMHR plans to highlight Sullivan County with a “Hikes and Bikes” event that will utilize many parks including World’s End and Loyalsock State Forest.

“A lot of people live in these counties and don’t even know these parks exist so it’s just a great way to promote them,” Chamberlain stated.

Prizes for the cornhole tournament and fishing derby were donated by local businesses, according to Chamberlain.

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