Saturday, May 10th, 2014: Bike Derby: The Watsontown Police Department will be co-hosting, along with the Warrior Run Area Fire Department, our 8th annual bike derby. This event begins at 9am and is held at the Watsontown Community Park at the south end of Watsontown. Activities include bicycle safety, bike equipment checks, and various riding courses for the kids to demonstrate their skills of bike riding and the law. A snank and drink will be provided to all who attend. Bicycle helmets will be available for give-away for those kids that do not have one. Bicycle registration/licenses will also be issued for those bikes that have not been previously registered with this department. We ask that all children bring a bike to ride, as there will not be extra bikes available. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Ptlm. Joshua Dreisbach at 570-538-2773, or EMT Veronica Irvine at 570-538-5100.
Saturday, June 7th, 2014: 8th annual 5K JesVic Race: The annual Jes-Vic 5K race/run is held the first Saturday in June. It begins at 9am at the Watsontown Elementary School, with registration at 7:45am. 5K equals about 3.1 miles in distance. Participants can run or walk, and there is also a 1/2 mile kids run which begins at 10am. The event is in rememberence of Jessica Wade and Vivki Hiteman, both local women who died of a rare form of cancer. Money raised is donated to local families who have illnesses in their families and are struggling to pay medical bills. For information on how to register, or for questions, check out http://jesvic5k.wordpress.com/.
June 9th-14th, 2014: Annual Fireman's Carnival: This annual event will be held at the Watsontown Community Park located along Main St./Dickson Av./Route 405 at the south end of Watsontown. The carnival is sponsored by the Warrior Run Area Fire Department and features nightly live music/bands, rides, games, and plenty of fresh cooked food starting at 6pm each evening. There is a pet parade on Tuesday, and the big fireman's parade on Saturday. All money raised supports the WRAFD. Come out and support them!!
July 4th Festivities: The annunal July 4th celebration is held all day each July 4th in Watsontown at the Community Park, located at the south of town along Dickson Av/Route 405. The day starts with a parade, which forms at 9am and moves at 10am. The parade moves down Main St. from the Watsontown Elementary School south to the Community Park. A chicken BBQ will be held starting at 11:00am in the pavilion. Advanced tickets are recommended and can be picked up at Bee Cee Hardware Store or Heater's Garage. Homemade potato chips, food and desserts will be on sale all day with a pig roast ready by late afternoon. There will be music and 2 live bands during the afternoon and evening, starting at 11am. Various crafters and organizations will be selling and raffling items all day. There is a horse shoe tournament, horse & pony rides, and hot air balloon rides also. The evening is ended with a fireworks display at dusk along Dickson Av. near the boat ramp. Any questions can be directed to the Borough Office at 570-538-1000.
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014: National Night Out: The Watsontown Police Department and the Warrior Run Area Fire Department will be hosting their 8th annual National Night Out event. It will be located at the Fire Department across from the Elementary School along Route 405, from 6pm-8pm. This will be a chance for local residents, adults and kids, to come out and meet the police and fire personnel and ask questions. They will be able to see department police cars and fire trucks up close. Plenty of information and handouts will be available for adults and kids, as well as prizes from a raffle. There will be bike materials, bike inspections and bike registrations available. An inflatable "bounce house" for the kids will be on site. In addition, there will be music and refreshments to include drinks and hot dogs. Come join us for a fun "Night Out"!!
Annual Community "Yard Sales": The Community Yard Sales is held every year in the Watsontown area on the last Saturday of September. This event gives residents an opportunity to sell items at their house and make some money. There are usually several thousand people that come from all around the area to view and shop at the yard sales. There is also numerous venders selling food, drinks, snacks, and desserts. For more information, contact the Watsontown Borough Office at 570-538-1000.
Annual Christmas Program: Since the 1950's, The Watsontown Police Department has been operating a Christmas program which provides presents to needy children in the Warrior Run School District. Presents typically include clothing and toys. Money to support this program is raised entirely from donations by people and businesses. Without those donations, the program would cease to exist. In a typical season, the Police Department serves between 60-80 familes, and delivers wrapped gifts to their houses a couple days before Christmas. Chief Dennis Derr deserves tremendous credit for keeping this program going, as he donates countless hours each November and December by shopping for presents, organizing family wish lists, and wrapping those presents. A special thanks also goes out to those people who volunteer their time to help the Chief in wrapping presents. If you would like to add your young children to the list, or you know of a family in need this Christmas, please contact the Watsontown Police Department at 570-538-2773. And for those people who can afford it, please remember to donate money to the Christmas program fund. Even a few dollars make a difference in a child getting a present under the Christmas tree this year!!