Devola Community Day Saturday

From the pool opening at noon to a tag sale and carnival games and concessions, those looking for some excitement in Devola this weekend can get their fill at the fourth annual Devola Community Day event.

Diane Gottfried, East Muskingum Civic Association committee co-chair, said the event comes in two parts.

“The tag sale runs until noon,” she said. “The pool is right there; it always opens at noon, then the official start (of the community day) is at 6 p.m.”

EMCA Treasurer Jennifer Schenkel said the tag sale includes a little of everything.

“We have a lot of baby clothes, toys and we have household items,” she said.

Gottfried said usually the event would run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but this year the EMCA decided to switch it up.

“This is the fourth annual year, so we wanted to do something a little different,” she said. “At the end of community day (at around 8 p.m.) we’re doing a walk-in movie.”

The movie will start around 8:30 p.m. and will be a family friendly selection, said Gottfried.

A special prize will be given to children if they dress up.

“Something to go along with the movie, if kids wear yellow or a minion costume, they (are entered for) a door prize,” said Schenkel.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand to give identification cards to children.

Gottfried said all proceeds raised during the community event will serve a good purpose.

“The event is a fundraiser for playground renovations,” she said. “It’s 40-plus years old. We go out every year and paint it and keep it up, but it really needs to be overhauled. We’re really close to being able to do…two new sets.”

She added that the new playground equipment will serve two age groups and be used often.

“One would be for preschool-age, 3 to 5, and the other school-age, 5 to 10 years old,” Gottfried said. “(The playground is) used a lot by not just the people in Devola, but people who come to play at the Marietta Soccer Fields.”

Schenkel added that all of the Community Day events have been in an effort to raise money for the playground.

“We have a plan ready,” she said. “We just need to get there.”

The event is usually fun and laidback, said Gottfried, and this year is no different.

“(The movie) is a different type of experience kids get to have,” she said. “There are no drive-ins or things like that anymore. It’s kind of a novelty.”