Wilcox Farms’s Corn Mazes Great Fun for Entire Family

By Lindsay Dierolf

Are you looking for an exciting way to entertain the kids, or maybe a whole group of kids?  The Wilcox Farms corn mazes might just be the answer to your quest.
There are two mazes set up this year.  One is specifically designed for younger children and follows a shorter route.  This smaller one is set up in the shape of a turtle.  There is also a bale maze and a small play area.  A Wilcox employee explained that “This one is popular with school groups.  It is open daily from 9:00AM – dusk”  The cost for this maze is $5.00 per person.
The larger maze is a Wizard of Oz theme and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM, and Sundays from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM.  The larger maze has a fire pit nearby for people to roast marshmallows, tell stories, or just relax.  The cost is $8.00 person.  Groups of 10 or more are $6.00 per person.
They also offer 20 minute hay rides for $4.00 per person.
In addition to the mazes, Wilcox Farms’s store is a great place to find a good selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, and they stock a variety of fall decor items.  After touring the mazes, you can select that perfect pumpkin for a pie or you Halloween Jack O’Lantern!

Fall Excitement in the Air

By Stephanie Graber

The air is turning brisk and the leaves are starting to fall.  We are finally breaking out of humid days of summer.  What better way to celebrate this beautiful change of season, than by bringing your family to the 5TH annual Turning Leaf Fall Festival at Boyertown Community Park?  The excitement begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13TH and the fun doesn’t end until 6:00 PM that evening.  If the weather does not cooperate, it will be held Sunday, October 14TH instead.

Throughout the entire day, there will be live bands & musicians, including Taking Motion, Black Hat Borris, Comfort Zone, Yolanda Spohn, and many more!  If you enjoy sitting and listening to the music, bring a chair to make yourself more comfortable.  Start and finish times for each band will vary between Oak Stage and Walnut Stage.

Among all of the entertainment are plenty of activities for the children as well.  From horse & buggy, pony, and hay rides, to pumpkin painting, and scarecrow making, there is fun to be enjoyed by all!  Let’s not forget all of the carnival games and a moon bounce.

Don’t forget about The Boyertown Area Historical Society’s 3RD annual Quoit Tournament.  The tournament will begin at 1:00 PM.  Team registration is $15.00 unless at least one teammate is a BAHS member, in which case, registration is $10.00.  If you’re interested in registering your team of two, send an E-mail to the Society at boyertownhistory@windstream.net.  You may also register on the day of the tournament.

While you are there, please support the local crafters and artists, who will have many great items to browse through and purchase.  It is a great way to see all of the talented people in our community and also a wonderful way to support your locals!

If you work up an appetite after enjoying all of the activities, there’s no need to worry; there will be plenty of food and drinks to go around.  Enjoy some world-famous Dallas French Fries and many more delightful fall treats!

This event is a great way to get out and have some cool weather fun, before the cold days of winter are upon us, not to mention the support that it provides to our community and local businesses.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Coming This Year at Oley Valley Community Fair

By Ashley Parish

Are you looking for some good ol’ Dutch fun?  Well, head on down to the 66TH annual Oley Valley Community Fair!  The fair is located in Oley at 26 Jefferson Street.  Thursday, September 20th, through Saturday, September 22nd are the dates when the fair is happening this year.  On Thursday and Friday, hours are from 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  On Saturday, the hours are from 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM.Tractor pull at the Oley Fair
This may be a three-day event, but it takes so much more time to plan, set-up, run, and take down this fantastic event.  Oley Valley Community Fair is run by members of the community and volunteers from many local churches and other organizations.  There is something for everyone to do, like entering contests such as livestock judging, sheep judging, youth bale throwing contest, big wheel contest, donut eating contest, and much more.  There are many different prizes that can be won.  There are also rides for all ages and personalities.  The Cramer Brothers Band will be playing on Saturday night, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Free shuttle bus service from Reading Motorcycle Club, at 208 Jefferson Street is also provided.
There are tons of Dutch cooking and home style foods.  Popular foods, like French fries, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and more, are sold at the fair.  Michael Hoppes, Patrol Officer for Boyertown Borough, goes to the fair every year and says, “There is always a great line at the apple cider, French fries, and funnel cake.  There is nothing better than food cooked with love.”  Also, the French fry building has been rebuilt, so go and check that out!
The admission is free but there is a $5.00 parking donation.  This is an event that you don’t want to miss because it brings back the times from when our grandparents were young and things that were different back in the day!

Yip and Dip Doggie Swim

By Stephanie Graber

This month summer is coming to an end, but there is still so much to see and do around our community!  If you have a chance to make it out to the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles before Labor Day, they are offering free admission for Active duty military personnel and their families! Children and adults will have a great time walking through the museum and seeing more than 80 cars, trucks, carriages, motorcycles, sleighs, and other types of vehicles that were locally manufactured.  I can personally say that the displays are very interesting and educational.  The children tend to look at the displays in awe, because they are not something that you have the opportunity to see anymore.  If you do not qualify for free admission, the cost is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for children.  The museum is located at 85 S. Walnut St.
Does your family have a friendly dog that enjoys water?  Maybe you just have children who love to look at and watch someone else’s animal.  Then the “Yip and Dip Doggie Swim” would be a great opportunity to get out and do so.  This year, it will be held on Sunday, September 9TH from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM (rain date is set for September 16TH) at the Boyertown Community Pool.  The entire pool will be open to dogs and their owners to get in and splash around.  They are asking for a minimum of $10 donation per dog or $25 for a household.  If you do not have a dog or do not wish to participate, you are still welcome to watch.  For more information or forms please visit www.boyertownymca.org.
I sure hope that you will have the chance to bring the children out for some of these fun-filled events taking place this month.  Fall will be starting on September 22ND, so this month will be our last chance to take advantage of the summer fun.  No need to worry, though.  There will be lots of great things to do in the upcoming months and eventually we will be led into some wonderful winter fun!

High Schoolers Develop Skills at Berks Career and Technology Center

By Ashley Parrish
The Boyertown Bulletin

Most teens, once they hit high school, start thinking about the career path they will be taking. Students at Boyertown and Oley Valley have the option of attending the Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) to learn a trade or skill.

There are a number of concentrations students can focus on at the BCTC. Your correspondent will be attending the East Campus this fall, in Oley, for decorating. The culinary arts, a wide variety of auto services, photography, welding, painting, and technology and communications programs are other options for students looking to gain skills that turn into jobs after graduation.

“The vast majority of students (from Boyertown & Oley Valley) go to our East campus,” says Bob Lees, executive director of the BCTC. “A student who wants to work in our communications cluster, which includes advertising, art, and graphic design will come out to the West campus (in Leesport).”

Students who go to the BCTC attend a half-day, going to their home school the other half of the day for social studies and the humanities. There are also several programs where students can earn college credit towards a degree or certification in their field while still in high school.

“There’s always a waiting list for our medical health professional program, which started about five years ago” Wood says. “We partner with Reading Hospital and Penn State Berks so students can take college classes and get work experience.”

Another recently developed BCTC program is the Technical Academy, which offers courses in fields like mechatronics, engineering technology and information technology.

“We partner with Reading Area Community College (for the Technical Academy), and we focus on high priority jobs that are right here in Berks County. By the time students graduate they have 23 to 27 credits, that are transferable, and are free of charge. Students have to have a 3.0 GPA to enter—on graduation they’re pretty much going to get a job in Berks County.”

The BCTC has a placement rate of approximately 95 percent for its graduates, which includes students who go to work (44 percent), into a trade school or college (46 percent), and a small number who go into the military or enter apprenticeship programs in fields like plumbing and electrical work, some of which are offered through adult continuing education programs at the BCTC.

Learn more at berkscareer.com, or call the BCTC at 610-987-6201.

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Boyertown Community Park Swimming Pool Dances

By Ashley Parrish

Lots of fun events are held at Boyertown Community Park, like Fun Days, Earth Day, Fall Festival, Movies in the Park, and Pool Dances.  Each event is organized by volunteers who care about the community.
Coming up this summer are pool dances just for us teens.  These dances are not only fun for dancing, but, before it gets dark you can swim in the pool with friends while listening to music provided by “Soundfactor Entertainment.”  This DJ knows how to make a great night by playing the latest hits and bringing back some oldies like the Electric Slide.  Also, the DJ holds fun games, like hula-hoop contests, for us to compete in.

Students who have completed grades 6 – 9 are able to attend these dances.  The 2012 summer has five dances throughout June, July, and August.  The following dances are coming up on Fridays:  June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10.  These dances are from 7:00 – 10:00 PM.  The cost per person is $6.00, and it is totally worth it.  Foods, like candy, chips, pizza, and drinks, are sold for us to purchase.  You will be able to swim until the lifeguards cannot see the bottom of the pool.  Changing rooms and bathrooms are located inside of the pool area, along with picnic tables.  Teens can dance the night away with their friends and even mingle with new ones on the patio!  I hope to see you there!

This Year’s Fun Day Features

By Ashley Parish

School is coming to an end and summer is starting again. A great way to end the school year is with some fun. One way to do that is at Fun Days at the Boyertown Community Park which starts Thursday, May 31ST and ends Saturday, June 2ND. Not only is it for us teens to enjoy, but there is something for every age to enjoy. There is great food, like cotton candy, soft pretzels, caramel apples, different types of popcorn, funnel cakes, and many more.

Not only is the food great, but the activity in the park is wonderful, such as games, rides, performances, and just having time to hangout with your friends and family. There will be so many fun & challenging games spread across the park, like ring toss, balloon darts, and more. During the day there are many performances like Tae Kwon Do, twirling, and, when it gets dark on Saturday, there will be spectacular fireworks, to end the whole event, which my Dad and Mom actually set off.

Another favorite of many is watching Rosaire’s Royal Racers–the pig races. These wild pigs love to run–the more you cheer for them the faster they will go. During the pig races, you can be a cheerleader for a pig, and if your pig wins, you win a prize. If you are planning to watch the pig races, I highly suggest you get there early because the stands get packed. The pig races are held every two hours and an announcement is made a few minutes before they begin. Look for the board that is placed by the pig track that says what times the races begin. Also, if you need a little break from the heat and crowd, you can go and swim & relax by The Boyertown Community Pool, where they have added a splash pad to enjoy.

If you want to do the opposite, you can go crazy and ride the salt and pepper shakers in the back of the park with the other rides, but don’t eat before or it will not end up well for you. Also, if you want to face your fears of heights, you can take a trip down a huge slide. There are also many other rides, if you are not feeling daring, like the spinning bears or the tea cups. If you want to go in between and get a little crazy you can ride the scrambler. There are also games that support a Bechtelsville nonprofit group, located in the front of the park. You can win Coca-Cola prizes, candy, stuffed animals, and more. There is also great music to listen to, or join in with, with Boyertown Idol tryouts, under Rohrbach Pavilion, by the playground, on Thursday night. So, if you have a great voice, come and rock out in Boyertown! Plus, in the back of the park, on Saturday night, Boyertown Alumni Marching Unit performs. For more information, check out Boyertown Community Park’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BoyertownCommunityPark).

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Activities for Teens: May 2012

By Ashley Parish

Are you a teen looking for something new and exciting to do on a Saturday night? Looking for some action and fun? Well I have just the answer for you. Every second Saturday of the month, World Wide Wrestling Alliance (WWWA) holds a match at Zern’s Farmers Market, in Gilbertsville. This event is held in the Silver Wing/WWWA Arena. The doors open at 7:00 PM and bell time is at 7:30 PM, so get there early to grab a good seat. Tickets are only $10.00 to watch this exciting show. Also, if you are stuck babysitting, don’t worry, you can bring them along, because unlike the wrestling that you see on TV that is very violent, WWWA is appropriate for the whole family. This alliance has about 30 years of experience and has about forty-four members. WWWA remains at the top of all wrestling organizations.

The current champions are Molsonn, Grey Wolf the Last Warrior, and The Big Dogz! Molsonn is the current heavyweight champion, and Grey Wolf (Chris Burns) is the current High Impact Champion and Inter-Continental Champion. Last, but not least, THE BIG DOGZ! The Big Dogz (Cujo and Izzy) are the current Tag-Team Champions. As they say, “If you can’t hang with the big dogs stay on the porch.” Also you can’t forget the other stars of the ring like Wolf Man, New Wave, Nitro, Shaifu, Bobby Shields, Kasha, Cha Cha, Brandi Wine, Wild Fire, Dennis Reaper, and more awesome stars. So if you are interested to see them fight in the ring, then head on down to Zern’s Farmers Market to watch them tear it up, while sitting back and eating some popcorn, because this is going to be quite the fight, my friends!

If you would like to check out some past events or get more information, visit the WWWA Website at www.worldwidewrestlingalliance.com! Don’t just sit on your butt playing X-Box or spending hours on Facebook, go out and watch some awesomeness!

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Activities for Teens: April 2012

By Katarina Zambanini

The Hard Bean Café is a social hot-spot that is popular with us teens, as well as any age group! This great place is open every day of the week with lots of things happening there!

Teens, in particular, will love this social spot because it includes many different things to enjoy. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase. These include things such as smoothies, java, muffins, cookies, and other snacks. One can enjoy these snacks and socialize with friends, while lounging out on sofas and tables with chairs. This can be a wonderful break from the stress that school can bring upon us.

But, when we realize that the food is too delicious, we may find ourselves eating too much! Not to worry. The Hard Bean Café can help us with that too! Every Wednesday, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, we can come and enjoy an hour of Zumba to burn off some calories, and have a great time dancing some worries away!

After we exercise our body, feeling the need to exercise the brain may grow. Hard Bean has yet another solution for us! If you’re free on Thursdays from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, one can stretch their mind for some Chess matches.

When we are finished playing chess, our minds may need a bit of a break, and to relax. Is it surprising to hear that Hard Bean can help with that too? Try a little bit of relaxation with Yoga! It is held on Tuesdays from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. This can be a wonderful break from hectic day-to-day life.

Sometimes The Hard Bean Café features local bands playing shows for others to enjoy. Come and show your support for these wonderful performers! Shows are frequently held during not only weekends, but also week nights. You can join your friends at open mic night, the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, as well.

Check out The Hard Bean’s website, http://freconfarms.com/hardbean, to see what is happening this month. Check back often! You never know when they will add something. You are sure to find something that will catch your interest! Enjoy!

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Boyertown Jaycees’s 60th Annual Halloween Parade

By Ashley Parish

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when the scary masks and costumes come out for the year of 2012.  People spending all year planning the best Halloween, what they are going to dress up as, what carving they will put on their pumpkin, and how much candy they will get.  One thing that we look forward to is the Halloween Parade in Boyertown on Saturday, October 20TH at 7:00 PM.  The rain date is Sunday, October 21ST.  Get ready, as the sidewalks get packed with people, ready to pounce on the candy.
Not only is the candy good, but the floats that are in the parade are very eye catching.  Some are scary and some are funny.  Floats take a lot of work to design and prepare.  Not everyone in the parade is on floats.  Firemen, policemen, and the EMTs from the ambulance building ride through the parade so that the children get to see their heroes.  Girl scouts and boy scouts, twirling & dance groups, martial arts schools, and many more participate.
This year, I will be participating in the 60TH annual parade with the band, Black Hat Boris, and the roller derby.  The band will play on our float and rock out the night with the roller derby skating around.  Anyone can be in the parade and have a chance to win a trophy of the commercial category.
This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the support of the Boyertown businesses and community.  For more information, you can call Brandon Yoder, of Boyertown Jaycees’s Parade Committee, at 610-310-8497.  Don’t miss out on this fabulous event and don’t forget to thank and support Boyertown Jaycees with even a small donation, to keep the parade going year after year.