Bubbler Foundation Fest

A large crowd filled the banks of the creek watching the rubber ducks race to the finish line in the Rubber Ducky Regatta at the Bubbler Foundation Festival Sept. 4, 2016.

Curt Werner, Sentinel file

The Bubbler Foundation will host a day of free community fun and entertainment from noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at South Middleton Park.

The Bubbler Foundation Festival, now in its second year, provides an opportunity for the foundation to thank the community for its support throughout the year and to raise awareness of the organization’s purpose and goals.

Justin Doty, board vice president, said the foundation’s hope is that the event brings area residents together to “foster community (spirit) and support the township as a whole.”

“It’s a free community event where citizens can enjoy a day at the park,” he said. “There’s free music, free ice cream — lots to do at the park. It’s just a fun time.

“We absolutely want to thank our community, and to create ways for our community to enjoy themselves.”

Highlights of the festival will include free ice cream from Goose Brothers in Shippensburg, the Rubber Ducky Regatta and fireworks.

The regatta is the finale of a year-round fundraiser. Doty said ducks are sold throughout the year, as well as from noon to 2:30 p.m. the day of the festival. They are dumped into the Yellow Breeches at 3 p.m. and left to float down the creek to the finish line. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three ducks, as well as the last-place finisher.

Kid Zone activities will include face painting, bounce houses, games and chalk drawing. There will also be giveaways and beach volleyball, and fire trucks, ambulances and state police vehicles will be on display.

Balloon art creations will also be available from 2 to 4 p.m., and information about the foundation will be available at the registration table.

Music will be provided by North Mountain Ramblers from noon to 3 p.m., and Charm City Junction from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Food will be sold by a variety of vendors.

The evening will end with music by the Carlisle Town Band at 6:45 p.m., followed by a fireworks display at the Boiling Springs High School stadium at dusk.

“It’s a great fireworks show,” Doty said. “It’s really one of the best around.”

Building a foundation

According to its website (bubblerfoundation.org), the purpose of the foundation is to “enhance and supplement the educational, cultural, athletic, health and wellness, and environmental experiences for our children and residents in South Middleton (Township).”

“The Bubbler Foundation really is unique in that it supports both the school district, through grant programs and fundraising, as well as township organizations,” Doty said.

Money is used for educational programs, field trips and scholarships in the South Middleton School District, as well as community organizations like Meals on Wheels and events like South Middleton Township Summer Concerts in the Parks, bingo at Claremont Farms, Special Olympics, cleanup at Children’s Lake and the Boiling Springs Halloween parade.

The foundation board is comprised of 17 volunteers.

“Our current goals are to continue to support organizations within the school district and community, and to reach our endowment goal of $500,000 — and we’re more than three-fifths of the way there,” Doty said.

The foundation was established in 2000. More than 800 people attended its first festival last year.

Donations can be made online at bubblerfoundation.org.

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