NANTICOKE – For a fifth year, Nanticoke’s annual Big Bang celebration drew more than 2,000 to the fields behind the high school for food, friendly competitions and, of course, fireworks.
Besides the aerial entertainment, the event provides a chance for Greater Nanticoke Area sports teams and the student council to raise money while connecting with fellow students for a bit of summertime fun.
Council member Nicole Mackiewicz said funds raised at the event go toward community gatherings throughout the year.
“The event committee sponsors the Halloween parade and the Christmas parade,” she said. “And we will also put money toward next year’s Fourth of July celebration.”
Mackiewicz lauded the city’s fire and police departments for their help throughout the day.
“Especially when the weather’s so hot,” she said. “We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and healthy.”
Junior Zack Pelton, a member of the high school’s wrestling team, and mother Shaunah worked side-by-side making sales and providing information about the event to those entering the field area.
Standing behind an arrangement of colorful glow sticks and funky sunglasses, Pelton encouraged patrons to make a purchase, saying, “You want people to know you’re coming.”
His mother was also quick to suggest a spicy food item to those who approached the stand.
“Try this hot sauce. It’s homemade,” she told one attendee. “But make sure you have water to go with it.”
Across the way, Ken Kasprzyk was serving up hotdogs, hamburgers, kielbasa and kabobs to raise money for the football team.
Kasprzyk enjoyed time spent behind the grill for a good cause.
“I think we’re also selling salads and sides,” he said. “But my spot is behind the grill.”
Cow Pie Bingo was an event favorite featuring a drawn-out grid on the football field with letter/number combinations. Winners were determined by the area of the grid where the cow — um — did his business.
For a second year, Whistle the cow was selected to determine the winners.
She seemed to relish her role as she made her way onto the field, accompanied by owners Jennifer and Aaron Zylo.
And although Saturday was marked by stifling heat, attendees seemed to take it in stride.
“We’re making the most of the day,” said student council secretary Liz Redenski. “We’re selling Kool-Aid and water bottles, so we’re helping people keep cool.”