President’s Message 2018
100 years and still proud to celebrate our Veterans.
This year we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the original All Home Days celebration of 1919. For decades the Ralpho Township area has joined together as a community to honor veterans of today and yesterday. The All Home Days weekend is a time to eat, laugh, and celebrate with neighbors, friends, and family while paying tribute to the brave men and women who have given selflessly to the armed forces.
The celebration begins with a community breakfast on Saturday morning. This breakfast is sponsored by the All Home Days Association with the proceeds going toward the maintenance and improvements to the Ralpho Township Community Park. The festivities officially start as the Color Guard leads the parade across Elysburg and through the Ralpho Community Park entrance. There the flags stand waving in the breeze as a salute to all veterans and fellow citizens. After the military and marching bands take a moment to enjoy watching neighborhood children with their pets, wagons, bikes, and decorated floats. Make sure to cheer on area firefighters, ambulances, and rescue vehicles as there will be many. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Elysburg Fire Department. Afterwards stroll to the park to enjoy music by “Deuce.”
Start Sunday at the annual community breakfast sponsored by Ralpho Township Business Association. Next, be sure to visit the car show featuring over 100 cars (antique, muscle, classics, and more). This year the car show will be held on the Ralpho Football field. Then feel free to worship with your neighbors at our community church service. Please visit the craft booths, play some games and enjoy the wide variety of food. The highly anticipated Bingo will take place at 1:30 in the dining hall. Finally, grab a few snacks and enjoy the music of “Light Switch.” At dusk there will be a special fireworks display in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of All Home Days.
Do you need to work off all that wonderful celebration food? Sign up for the adult mini marathon “Run for Fun” sponsored by the Rotary club, or simply cheer on your friends as they cross the finish line early Monday morning. All Home Days Association will serve a chicken BBQ meal in the dining hall starting at 4:30pm and serving until sold out. Make sure to get there early and bring your appetites! The largest of the weekend’s festivities begins at 4:30 on the stage. There will be a tribute to those currently serving and those who have served in the armed forces. Remember to purchase your carnations in the flower show building.
Lastly, I must mention that I am proud and appreciate all of the many individuals, businesses, organizations, church goers, and more who help to make this celebration a reality. I hope that through continued support the heritage of “All Home Days” will last for years to come. I would also like to extend a special thank you to all of those who volunteer and donate at our fundraising events. Those events have made the new Flower show building possible. Future improvements are needed as we focus on the Exhibition building and upkeep of the grounds. All of your donations and time keep the All Home Days Celebration and Ralpho Community Park running.
Thanks to all,