Aston Residents Enjoy Community Day
More than 4,000 Aston residents attended the township’s 13th annual Community Day held October 4th at the Community Center, making this year’s event the most successful in the history of the day-long celebration.
Sponsored by the Aston Business Association, the day’s events included a parade, business expo, delicious food, and a plethora of demonstrations and activities for children.
The parade featured schools, organizations, local and state officials, decorated bicycles, fire and police apparatus, cartoon characters and the Sun Valley High School Band.
World War II veteran James McKelvey, who was accompanied by his wife Dot served as grand master of the parade.
Following the parade, official opening ceremonies were held with the singing of the national anthem, raising of the American Flag, and recognition of the Aston Citizen of the year, Army Reservist, Iraq War veteran Eric DeLellis.
“I am really happy about the turn-out this year and appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that went into making this Community Day such a resounding success,” said Aston Commissioners President Jim Stigale. “This is a day for our entire community to come together. We, as commissioners pledge to continue moving our township forward. I want to thank our residents for the trust they have shown in us to focus our efforts and lead Aston to the forefront of Delaware County as a model community.”
As residents feasted on hot dogs, hamburgers, water ice, soft pretzels, pizza, ice cream and specialty foods provided by local businesses, residents ventured into the community center gymnasium where countless businesses and local organizations distributed information and free give-aways.
The Aston Seniors, General Federation of Women’s Clubs-Aston, Aston Historical Society, Aston Business Association, and local businesses, among others, were well represented.
Area children seemed to enjoy themselves playing on a variety of inflatables, train rides, rock climbing wall, mechanical horse, jousting game, large slide and rides.
“The weather certainly didn’t make it easy for us this year, but as it turned out, we made right decision to postpone the parade and opening of Community Day and the extra time was just enough for the rain to pass,” said Community Day organizer Mary Ann Bullen. “I can’t express enough appreciation to the committee, volunteers, Neumann University students, businesses and organizations that participated in this year’s event. I am so glad our residents are having a good time because we do this for them.”