On Saturday, July 28, Grand Valley will hold its Ninth Annual Homecoming. All activities will take place at or in the immediate vicinity of Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department on Route 27 and Grand Valley United Methodist Church on Goodwill Street, off Route 27 (in Warren County, between Pittsfield and Pleasantville).
This year's events include:
A free breakfast buffet, consisting of breakfast casserole, bacon and toast with whole grain mustard, fresh fruit, sweet breads, and beverages. Serving will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Church (upstairs/ handicap accessible) from 7:30 until 10 a.m.
A parade, beginning at 11 a.m. at Hoover Road. Anyone wishing to participate may call 827-9462 to register.
A Chinese auction, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., when winning tickets will be drawn. Also being raffled, with a total of only 250 raffle tickets being sold for each are: a Savage AXIS .243 Rifle with Scope (@ $5 each); a 40-inch Emerson 1080P, Flat Screen, LCD Television (@ $5 ea.); and a set of Rustic, Log, Amish-Made Furniture - seats 4 (@ $3 ea.).
Raffles by Grand Valley Volunteer Fire Department for three separate freezers full of meat.
Free hay rides, shuttles.
Grand Valley's Princess Pageant, (following the parade), featuring a "Hollywood" theme.
A talent show. To register, call 657-8594.
Firemen's famous chicken barbecue served from noon until 5 p.m., including half a chicken, freshly prepared side dishes, dessert and a choice of beverage.
A variety of refreshments, available throughout the day from "Frosty Jacks," the "Jr. Firemen" and other food vendors.
A flea market. Booths are available at $5 each; to reserve, call 688-2951. Individuals and vendors are welcome, without obligation to stay for the entire day.
Grand Valley memorabilia, nitroglycerine and antique engines exhibits.
Pony rides for children, offered by a local Progressive Horsemanship Program (donations welcomed).
Corn hole tournament, which will award first and second place cash prizes! Sign-up for two-person teams will take place between noon and 1 p.m., for $5 per team.
A country-gospel music concert, at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. by Paul Thompson, Nashville recording artist. (There is no admission charge, but a "love offering" will be accepted).
Balloon animals and magic tricks for children during the afternoon, by the "Little Professor."
Free interactive song and dance for two separate children's shows, from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m., performed by "Marty's Bubblegum Machine."
A free inflatable obstacle course for children.
"Punt, pass and kick competition", and "Redneck games" may be played in the afternoon; registration for all ages will take place before each activity.
A variety of free children's games, between 4:15 and 5:15 p.m., at the Church.
"L.E.H. D.J. services" providing a wide variety of music to please all ages and music interests, for listening and dancing entertainment, following the chicken dinner and performing until approximately 10 p.m.
This event will end with a fantastic fireworks display, beginning at 10 p.m.!
For more information, see Grand Valley's official website: www.grandvalleypa.com or call (814) 436-7410 or (814) 436-7381.
Paul Thompson will present a concert at the Grand Valley Homecoming, from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grand Valley United Methodist Church. No admission will be charges, but a love offering will be accepted.
Paul was born and raised in Brockport, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Bible at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, then went on to Duke University in North Carolina, where he graduated from the Theological Course of Study Program in 1999.
Paul was ordained as an associate member to the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church in June of 2000. His pastorate includes the Ceres UMC from 1988 1994, Warren Epworth & Stoneham Charge from 1994 2002 and he has been serving the Cloe, Covode & Steffy UMC Charge since 2002.
Pastor Paul and his wife Gail have been married for 42 years, and now reside in Cloe, PA. They have two sons, Randy and Todd. Randy resides in the Harrisburg/York area with his wife Pat and four children. Todd lives in Reynoldsville with his wife Tina and three sons.
Paul loves to preach, teach and sing about the Savior he loves. Loving to see others change their lives and add quality to their lives, Paul and a friend began the "Tom Siple Foundation" which gives outdoor experiences to those who are other abled or terminally ill. Paul's son Randy wrote a great song, "Touched", for this foundation. It led Paul and Randy to record an original CD in Nashville, Tennessee, where they were able to have renowned musicians participate in the instrumental part of their new album, also titled "Touched". Christian Country Music is the style Paul enjoys singing most.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/randypaulpage.