Alder Lacrosse to host ‘Pumpkins in the Park’

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The trails and pathways of Plain City’s Pastime Park will be transformed into a glowing Halloween celebration from 7-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21 with the first ‘Pumpkins in the Park,’ a fall fundraiser presented by the Alder LAX program. All proceeds from the event will benefit Alder Lacrosse (LAX), the fastest growing sport in Alder athletics and one of the fastest growing LAX programs in Central Ohio.

“Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States,” said Rob Davis, varsity LAX coach for the Jonathan Alder Pioneers. “Our program continues to see this same growth at all levels as we continue to add many first-time players. The community’s support this fall at ‘Pumpkins in the Park,’ will help us open up the game to more kids of all ages in the Jonathan Alder community and allow us to provide a more comprehensive program to our student-athletes.”

A ghoulishly good time is planned for the evening. Alder LAX alumni will be in attendance as well as the current players who make up the five teams. Fans are encouraged to bring a carved Jack-o-Lantern to donate. The current LAX teams will help place the pumpkins around the park and will keep them lit throughout the event.

‘Pumpkins in the Park’ promises to be a popular new fall tradition for the community in Plain City.

Admission is free to walk the pumpkin path, but donations will be gladly accepted that evening. A full cadre of food and fun for kids of all ages is planned. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in in their Halloween costume.

Of special note will be the Alder LAX silent auction, which will feature a variety of prize packages, but of note there will be autographed LAX items from the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Champions, the Ohio Machine.

“This is a great time for the Alder LAX Program,” said Colton Laff, a junior midfielder. “It is a very fun, fast paced and exciting sport, and our program is growing at all levels. I encourage everyone to come out not only to ‘Pumpkins in the Park,’ but to all of our home games and support us throughout the season.”

For those who want to help further support the Alder LAX program, event sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals or companies and donations of carved Jack-o-Lanterns will be gladly accepted on the night of the event.

For more information contact the Alder LAX program at

About Alder Lacrosse

The Alder Lacrosse (LAX) Club was formed in 2010 for the purpose of bringing the exciting game of lacrosse to the boys and girls living within the Jonathan Alder School District and is supported by the Pioneer Optimist Club of Plain City. In 2013 the very first high school club team was started with 15 boys. Since that time Alder LAX has continued to see growth at all levels of the program making it one of Central Ohio’s fastest growing LAX programs.

In 2017 Alder LAX added a kindergarten through second grade team to its expanding youth program. That addition brought Alder LAX to four youth teams: kindergarten through second grade, third and fourth grades, fifth and sixth grades, and junior high. In 2017 the high school club team became part of the Jonathan Alder Athletic Department and became an official high school sport. During the 2017 season, 75 students participated in the entire program (five teams).

The Alder LAX program has had a number of alumni go on to play at the collegiate level with program alumni currently playing at Wilmington College, Lake Erie College, and Bowling Green State University.

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