While most fourth of July celebrations were cancelled, Penn Can Speedway promoters, Folk Family Racing LLC which is run by Gary Folk SR. and Eileen Folk, hosted its fireworks extravaganza, sponsored by Monteforte Fireworks. As people came to view the spectacular and patriotic fireworks show from their vehicles or in the stands, a dollar from each payment went towards the Oakland Food Bank. Additionally, Penn Can Speedway matched that amount dollar for dollar. The total amount came to a generous $1600.00. According to co-promoter Eileen Folk, their reason for gifting such a generous amount to help those in need was “The community has supported us so well by supporting us in our endeavors, we wanted to give back.” But their generosity doesn’t stop there. Along with the hefty check came 80 lbs of hot dogs for the Oakland Food Bank. The hot dogs are a valuable commodity to those who visit the food bank.
Choosing a food bank was not an easy endeavor. According to general manager Joanne St. Onge Mady “We chose the Oakland Food Bank because they are open to the entire County”. The Oakland Borough Food Bank is located at 380 State Street in Susquehanna. It was created during the COVID-19 pandemic and its mission is to be available as an emergency resource and to be a supplement to existing mobile and geographic food banks. The Oakland Food Bank does not have limits of visits per month, geographic/ financial limitations or set hours. To create an appointment, you simply need to be a Susquehanna County resident and call (607) 483-1571. The Oakland Food Bank has a variety of items that include household products, meat, snacks, canned and dry goods.
Food Bank endeavors don’t stop there though, Joanne goes on to say that “Anyone who wants to donate- they can call for drop offs and further donations or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org”. Also happening at the Penn Can Speedway is the Two Sisters Flea Market which is located in the parking lot of the Speedway on Route 171. Their next opening dates are July 11th& 12th and they still have openings for more vendors. In lieu of a parking fee people are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the community. If you are interested in being a vendor in the Two Sisters Flea Market please call Rita Frailey at (607) 754-4020 and leave a message.
Penn Can Speedway and Folk Family Racing LLC is a shining testament to focusing on local even in times of crisis.