Hope-Fest returns to York City after COVID hiatus

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

Hope-Fest, a celebration of community, culture and citizenship, will be returning Aug. 1-7. 

After COVID-19 put it on hold for a couple of years, the weeklong event put on by Shiloh Baptist Church and the City of York returns to Bantz Park. 

The event was started in 2019 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 race riots, which took the lives of Lillie Belle Allen and York Police Officer Henry Schaad. 

Now it returns with a full slate of events. 

On Monday, a Movie Under the Stars is slated for 8 p.m. at the park, which is along the Codorus Creek between Richland Avenue and Grantley Road. Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free family movie. There will also be free refreshments  

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That will be followed by a Community Clean Up Day starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the west end of York City. Those participating will meet in Bantz Park. 

Hope-Fest will also be a part of the National Night Out activities in York City that will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

A free bus pass and free gas giveaway is planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday. Sponsored by Rutter’s and the York County Economic Alliance, free gas cards will be given to the first 100 people to show up at the Economic Alliance parking lot at 144 Roosevelt Ave. 

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there will be a free youth basketball camp from 5 to 7 p.m. each night at Bantz Park, sponsored by The Kennedys Project. Call Brian Kennedy at 717-472-7188 for more information. 

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Also, on Friday at Hope-Fest, there will be a community health fair and street block celebration starting at 5 p.m.  

Saturday’s events will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and community cookout that begins at 10 a.m. at Bantz Park. 

Hope-Fest culminates with Praise in the Park Worship Experience Sunday at 10 a.m. in Bantz Park. 

Bantz Park is located at 798 Salem Ave. in York City.

For more information, contact Shiloh Baptist Church at 717-854-2547. 

— Reach Anthony Maenza at amaenza@yorkdispatch.com or @atmaenza on Twitter. 

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