Rain doesn't deter crowd at Chadds Ford Days

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Despite a Saturday rainout and muddy fields on Sunday, the community at large turned out in droves for the fifth annual Chadd's Ford Days celebration.

Held in support of the Chadd's Ford Historical Society, the event is the main fundraiser for the independent organization that seeks to preserve historic character throughout the township.

Executive Director Ginger Tucker said that she was overwhelmed by the community support for the event, even with the weather delay.

"A rainout is a huge problem, but Sunday was just a great day," she said.

Tucker said that when the decision to cancel Saturday was made, the underlying support structure within the community went into action.

Within a half an hour, Charles F. Patton Middle School Teacher Tom Swift, who comes every year with a group of student volunteers, was on the phone arranging for three Krapf buses to transport visitors the next day.

Then, district Superintendent Sharon Parker opened up Chadd's Ford Elementary for parking, while Township Supervisor George Thorpe negotiated with the Henderson Corporate Center to use a portion of their lot for the same.

"Obviously it wasn't ultimate scenario we wanted for parking, but it seemed to turn out well," Tucker said.

A sibling of one of the Boy Scouts who work the event each year even offered to bring his tractor and sit around the entire day in case someone needed pulled out of the boggy field, a move that resonated with Tucker.

"To think that someone who has no connection with us whatsoever stepped up and offered to help, just saying 'This was a good thing and lets do what we can to make it happen,' it's reflective of the community here," Tucker said. "If there's a need, they step forward and fill it without a second thought."

She added that the directors were still pleased with the event even with losing Saturday to the deluge.

"We feel very fortunate," Tucker said. "And it was a wonderful time on Sunday. The sun was shining and people seemed to have a great time."

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