WILLIAMSPORT -- Many might wish summer vacation would last forever, but on Wednesday, children across Washington County will be shouldering backpacks and boarding buses for the inevitable first day of school.
For one last Saturday before they go back to school, the town of Williamsport decided its children needed one Last Blast, the name of the inaugural event at the Springfield Farm Barn.
"We wanted to make sure we didn't use the words 'back to school'" in the name of the event, said Mike Sparks, Williamsport's director of community and economic development. The town bought most of the food and refreshments and arranged the entertainment for its younger citizens, he said.
"We started out younger and we're transitioning now," Sparks said.
Events for younger kids, such as a chance to handle a ball python or alligator from the Reptile Crib store or have balloon animals and swords made by Betty Lou Marks, occupied them earlier in the day.