The Southern End Community Association is getting ready for its annual Summerfest Celebration from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday July 8 in Quarryville's Memorial Park.

Summerfest is part of SECA Fest 2006, a series of events for the community that began with a free day at the SECA Pool on June 16.

This year's Summerfest Celebration will feature some new inflatable interactive games and rides for children, the always popular Bingo, and lots of different kinds of delicious food including the Quarryville Lions famous french fries.

"We encourage the community to come out and support this event," said Jeff Minnich, who along with Kim Risk of SECA, co-chairs the Summerfest committee. "This is our biggest fundraiser of the year."

Local businesses, non-profit groups and civic organizations make up the standholders at Summerfest. For $40, they can rent a stand and charge for games or display their products or information. The standholders get to keep all their proceeds.

"The great thing is it's not just a SECA event. Everybody's benefitting," said Minnich.

There is no charge for parking and admission to Summerfest is free.

"You can walk around and not spend a dime," said Minnich.

A spectacular fireworks show provided by Schaeffer Pyrotechnics in Strasburg will light up the sky by the pond around 10:15 p.m. The fireworks are always a big attraction at Summerfest and Minnich recommends that people bring their lawn chairs or blankets to watch the show.

Besides the inflatable games and rides, some of the standholders include the SECA Sharks Swim Team, who will be back with their popular cane toss game, Relay for Life, Stoner Inc. and Garden Spot Bowl in Strasburg. Every year they set up a mini bowling alley in which people can roll a large bowling ball to hit large pins.

The Solanco Football Boosters Club will be having a pig roast and the Solanco Midget Football Association will also have a stand.

Millersville University's Phi Sigma Phi will have carnival games and the Washington Lodge will be selling chicken barbecue, which usually sells out.

The Solanco Post Prom committee will be holding bingo between 6 and 6:30 p.m. and Partytime DJs will be providing music.

Some of the new inflatable rides and games for children this year include Grand Prix School, the Three-Lane Bungee Run and Dalmatian Mini-Combo.

The inflatables are provided by Funco, Inc. in Landisville, which is under new ownership.

The Grand Prix School is an inflatable ride where young children have the opportunity to race each other through the Grand Prix obstacle course to see who crosses the finish line first.

The Three-Lane Bungee Run is also an inflatable game for up to three people who compete to see which one can run the farthest before being pulled back by the powerful bungee.

Also new for children this year will be the Dalmatian Mini Combo, which is an inflatable dalmatian dog wearing a red fireman's hat that features a bouncing area, crawl through area, a climbing obstacle, exterior slide and basketball hoop.

The ever-popular 33-foot tall Titanic Slide will be back again this year. With two slides, riders walk up through the center of the ship and take the exciting plunge down into inflatable crashing waves.

Lazer Tag, which is for all age groups, will be back again this year. Up to eight people at a time race around an inflatable maze trying to shoot each other with lazer guns. Guns and chest targets are supplied.

There is also an inflatable obstacle course for toddlers.

Minnich recommends taking advantage of the early bird ticket special from 4 to 5 p.m. instead of waiting in the long lines. Riders can buy $10 worth of tickets and get five for free.

Summerfest, which SECA has sponsored for about the past 10 years, formed out of two other events; Kids Fest, sponsored by Solanco Video, which featured small games for children; and Quarryville Summer Fest, started in 1996 by Phil Allamong.

Minnich said SECA also decided to provide Summerfest with the fireworks in lieu of the Quarryville Fire Company carnival, which ended several years ago.

"This event is giving back to the community a fun time together," he said. "Summerfest is one event of the entire fundraising process."

It takes between 30 to 40 volunteers to organize Summerfest, said Julie Collins, recreation director for SECA.

All the money raised from Summerfest and other SECA Fest events goes to providing recreation programs for the community.

Summerfest is being sponsored by Ferguson & Hassler and TownsEdge Associates. The fireworks display is sponsored by Dottie's Snack Bar, Wiley's Pharmacy, Southern End Self Storage, Clean Enterprises and Bank of Lancaster County.

"We do appreciate the sponsors and we recognize them by proudly displaying their banners the day of the event," she said.

Anyone who would like to become a sponsor can call Collins at 806-0123.

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