Leap day bids a ’chili’ good buy
MUNCY-Anyone looking for great deals on used exercise equipment, felt hungry for chili or wanted to participate in a nerf gun course, Leap Day was the day to accomplish all three.
Snow flurries and a brisk wind greeted around 50 people who gathered at the Muncy High School gymnasium seeking bargains on weight training equipment as part of a liquidation and surplus auction. The school district equipment was furnished by a grant through the Margaret Waldron foundation around seven years ago. New machinery has been purchased as part of the ongoing renovations at the high school and will be in place when school begins next year.
Meanwhile in Pennsdale, folks congregated for a chili cook-off contest and nerf gun course that was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road. The event brought children, parents and grandparents in from the cold and featured chili, cornbread, hot dogs and cupcakes. The nerf gun challenge course provided indoor fun for youngsters as well as those watching.
The fundraiser, organized by Melissa and Matt Doyle, was made possible by seed money through Thrivent. The Doyles used part of the $250 grant to purchase 2,200 nerf darts and course inflatables for the challenge in addition to silent auction prizes and awards for the chili contest winners.
In order to play in the nerf gun challenge for as long as anyone desired during the four-hour event, a small fee was charged. Eye protection was required for each player, with a few sets available for those who did not own any.
To sample the nine versions of chili, patrons shelled out a small fee. The following winners of the cook-off were Sarah Pidcoe, first place; Elaine Doyle, second place; and Haas Equipment Repair third place, each winning a Weis gift card.
All monies raised will go towards purchasing two iPads and a digital camera for use by the Muncy Township police department, Melissa Doyle said.