What's the best word to describe this past Palmer Township Community Days?
How about PERFECT.
Palmer Township officials met Wednesday to hold a wrap-up meeting of the four-day festival. And no one could have possibly asked for a better outcome than what took place on the 30th anniversary of the event.
"There were all good points," organizer Diane Grube said. "It was very successful. The food was great, the people were amazing, the crowds were overwhelming."
The event started on Aug. 15 with Movie Night and then kicked into high gear on Thursday with an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and on Saturday with the fireworks show.
And based on the crowd Saturday night, which township officials said was the most ever in Palmer Days' history, you could say that everyone was having a blast.
"The fireworks were phenomenal, the best around," Grube said. "Saturday night was our best night ever. We had the biggest crowd. You couldn't even move around."
Township officials were also pleased with the outcome.
"I want to say a special thanks to everyone who was involved with our community weekend," said Dave Colver, the township's Board of Supervisors chairman. "We had some minor incidents and the weather Friday night was a little bit of an issue."
"A special thanks goes out to Diane Grube," Colver said at Tuesday night's supervisors meeting. "She's been doing this with her family for 30 years. I hope she does it forever."
Grube doesn't know where she'll go from here with the event.
She said there will be some "tweaks" made and additions of bathrooms and trash cans to accommodate the crowds. And maybe more food, which sold out quickly. As always, the ribbon fries were a big hit, Grube said.
"If it works, don't fix it," she said. "We'll keep it the way it is."
For Grube, all the months of planning to see Palmer Days come and go by so quickly leaves her a little emotional.
"I'm sad. It really did go by fast," she said. "It's like a wedding. You plan, plan and plan. Then it's over in a day. Or, in my case, four days."