By Peter Becker
LAKE REGION -The annual Lake Region Hometown Kids Fest takes place this Sunday, June 9 with a host of family activities, a classic car show and a motorcycle run. The event, hosted by Lake Region Community Dock Foundation, raises funds for people in need and nonprofit organizations.
Kids Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the vicinity of Lake Region IGA, Route 6, between Hawley and the county line and the junction with Route 590.
New this year is free admission to the grounds. There will varying prices for the games.
Food will be for sale. Have a chance to win raffle prizes. There will be a variety of games, a dunk tank, bounce house, and new this year- a mechanical bull just waiting for you to try and ride. Music will fill the air.
Lake Region IGA and Hawley IGA supermarkets sponsor the Lake Region Community Dock Foundation. Deserving families in need benefit from the Foundation, and contributions are made to local nonprofit organizations.
The annual Hometown Pride Ride. begins with registration and breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m. The motorcyclists begin their ride at 10 a.m. at the Lake Region IGA. Lunch is served to them when they return. Bikers will travel 77 miles, passing by Hawk's Nest on the scenic Upper Delaware River.
A donation is requested of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger. Breakfast, lunch and car show admission are included. Proceeds benefit Hawley Police, Hawley Ambulance & Rescue and Hawley Fire Department, and also the Community Dock Foundation. Last year they had 110 bikers participating. Registration is accepted up to and including that morning.
Lake Region Community Dock Foundation started in 2007. The name originates from the physical location of their main store, which is located about a half mile from Lake Wallenpaupack.
Since Kids Fest started in about 2002, Jim Shook, Lake Region IGA co-owner, said they have raised and distributed approximately $26,000 to $27,000.
Kids Fest and its related events are only one way money is raised for the Foundation. There is an annual golf tournament. Store management contributes two cents on every IGA product that they sell. A one percent rebate is made on purchases designated to the non-profit that has registered with the Preferred Customer Card program.
Customers fill out a form to nominate a needy family that the Foundation can help. The Foundation committee then reviews the applications an determines if it is a valid situation. Based on the funds available and number of requests, assistance is then provided to the selected families.
Shook said he is praying for good weather, and a "fun, safe day." All are welcome.
For more information call Shook at Lake Region IGA at 226-6000.
Information on the Lake Region Community Dock Foundation may be found online at www.lrcdf.org.