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First ‘4th Friday’ event to feature bike giveaway

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

Luminary file photo During the summer and dressed as a clown, Kathie Dincher from Muncy Bank and Trust enjoys making balloon toys for children during Muncy's annual 4th Fridays. The first event of the summer will be held this Friday from 6 to 9 on South Main Street.

MUNCY – Since January of this year, members of the Muncy Professional Business Association (MPBA) have been meeting and planning three exciting months of activities for their annual Muncy 4th Fridays. Now in its fifth year, the event is really taking off according to President, Ann Baker.

The committee met every few weeks throughout the year reported Kim Wetherhold, committee chair. One of the main attractions each month is the live entertainment. With a wide variety of acoustic songs plus staging her own music, Mallory Scoppa from Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport will be performing from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

There is also going to be a contest with a $400 gift certificate to win a brand new bicycle from Marty’s Bicycle Shop in Muncy. “Anyone can participate,” said Wetherford at June’s meeting. Raffle tickets to win the bike will be given to anyone who has a non-parishable food item to donate. “Five food items per raffle ticket,” Wetherford said. The food will be donated to Son-Light House.

This year Baker announced there will be 76 vendors and others are on a waiting list. “There is a real good mix of vendors from jewelry, primitives, wood trims, pet treats, doll clothing, books and a long list of others. We will also have 12-14 food vendors each month including the downtown businesses such as Orlando’s, Sweet Memories, and the Fire Company.”

Dunkin Donut’s mascot will be attending with some treats and Weis Markets will be giving out some food related items and coupons. The bounce house will be back as well as Kathie Dincher, everyone’s favorite clown, from Muncy Bank & Trust with her balloon toys.

Muncy 4th Friday now has a Facebook page and all events will be posted. Wetherford said, “It was started last year. Shares spread nicely. We are getting people excited.”

The business organization is also using other ways to promote the event through social media by using Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Coming again in July will be the dunk tank and a watermelon eating contest. Country performer Aaron Kelly will be returning in August.

“September is always a big month and we are planning ahead for the annual Corvette show,” Baker said. There will be two other car shows in the area at the same time (September 17) so the Trolley car which will be sponsored by Weis Markets will shuttle people back and forth to the other shows.

Murray Motors will be having a Mustang show and Fairfield Motors wil lbe featuring Dodges and the “Monster Truck.”

Artists, crafters, vendors and expos are getting lined up for the street fair. “We expect more vendors for this,” Baker added. Once again FBLA students are helping with the “Kidz Zone” and the MPBA will be sponsoring a silent auction. It was suggested to contact local Boy Scouts to help secure more seating in downtown Muncy during the 4th Friday events and the Corvette Show.

October’s lineup includes a Beer 5K run and will be organized by Rebecca Noviello at Heritage Park. More entertainment will be announced at a later date for the Octoberfest when a membership drive will also take place for the MPBA which currently lists 61 members.

The MPBA also donated a basket for the Muncy Valley Hospital Lawn Party, a sponsorshiop to the Muncy Cup Golf Tournament for the Muncy Historical Society, and also they will be sponsoring a free community day at the Muncy pool in August. A social mixer is planned for July 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Orlando’s.

This month’s sponsors for Muncy 4th Friday include Marty’s Bicycle Shop, ReMax Edge, Bennardi & Barberio General Dentistry, Muncy Bank & Trust Company, Carrs Trailers & Supplies and the Muncy Historical Society and Museum.