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SPARTA 5K To Benefit Sparta PAL

Date: Saturday, April 25th

Time: 8am- 12pm

Location: Station Park, Sparta NJ

First Hope Bank is proud to sponsor the 17th Annual Sparta 5K/10K to benefit the Sparta PAL. The Sparta PAL was started in the 1960's by Fred Geffken (former Sparta Police Chief) with the mission of Police Officers interacting with Sparta Youth in a positive way through athletics. Currently the Sparta PAL provides programs in boys and girls basketball, volleyball, and fencing, and a variety of other activities at our facility at 38 Station Road. Additionally the Sparta PAL along with the Sparta Police Department sponsors the Sparta Police Youth Division which is comprised of approximately 150 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders that do community service projects in Sparta Township as well as participate in educational programs promoting anti drugs and anti violence. This group is led entirely by Sparta Police Officers. The PAL is now under the direction of the current Chief of Police, Ernest Reigstad.Registration.

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Date: Sunday, May 3rd

Time: 12pm-4pm

Location: Sussex County Community College

The First Annual Sussex County Day will be held on Sunday, May 3rd from 12pm-4pm at Sussex County Community College. This will be a fun day of celebrating everything wonderful about Sussex County!

Here's just some of the events and activities scheduled for Sussex County Day:

Free Entry - All Ages Welcome

Pie Throwing * Talent Contest * Fire Departments Tug-O-War Contest * Scavenger Hunt * Apple Pie Baking Contest * Entertainment * Local Vendors * Community Groups * Games * Delicious Food * Exhibitions *

Arts & Crafts * Kids Activities * Free Bike Helmets and a Bike Decorating Contest for kids (bring your bike to decorate!). Prizes will be awarded - $50, $25, and $10 gift certificates from a local bike shop


Date: Saturday, May 16th

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Station Park, Sparta NJ

First Hope Bank is proud to be this year's Dunk Tank Sponsor! This family event receives wide publicity in all local publications and media. It attracts thousands of people from Sparta and local communities. Sparta Day is a rain or shine vendor fair and family festival that is not only a fundraiser for local charities, but also a much anticipated community event. Families love our "Kids' Country", offering various rides & activities for children of all ages.