By Emily Fedor
In February of 1958, the Sherwood Youth Association was formed by a small group of men here in the borough. Their goal? To supply the children of Dunmore with one of the finest playgrounds in the area.
At the group’s first fundraiser in 1958, a plain hot dog cost 20 cents. Sauerkraut would run you an extra nickel. Highballs and whiskey were also being served for less than 50 cents a pop.
Now the year is 2018, and some things have changed. But over the past 60 years, the mission of the Sherwood Youth Association has remained the same – to keep the children playing.
This month, residents of the borough and surrounding areas are invited to celebrate Sherwood Youth’s 60th anniversary at the sixth annual Dunmore Summer Festival. The event runs Thursday, August 16 through Saturday August 18 from 5 to 11 p.m. each evening.
Matt Fedor, president of Sherwood Youth, says the festival offers something for the whole family.
“For the children, we’re offering pony rides, face painting and bounce houses. For the adults, there are basket raffles, great food, drinks and entertainment.”
On Thursday, August 16, the Wanabees will open the festival with mix of music from the 50’s through the 80’s guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
On Friday, August 17, Dunmore High School’s cheerleaders and marching units will perform. Kayleigh Carey is also set to make one of her first public appearances as Miss Buck for the 2018-2019 school year.
Later that night, Ron Morgan & Crossroads will take the Show Mobile stage later that night to play a mix of classics from the 70’s and 80’s.
On Saturday, August 19, gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will be on hand to wow those in attendance with various flips and tricks.
Members of the Fabulous Fortunes, who have rocked the Dunmore Summer Festival for the past six years, will then close out the event.
Various vendors will be selling a tasty selection of food each night of the festival.
Members of Sherwood Youth will also man a stand, serving up beverages, potato pancakes, fresh-cut french fries, clams, pizza frita and more. New additions to the menu this year include porketta, broccoli and shells, clam chowder and Texas wieners.
We’re sorry to report the prices have gone up just a bit since 1958.
“Come out and have a great time,” said Fedor. “The community’s support will be greatly appreciated in our effort to keep the children playing for another 60 years.”