Run to the river for Shadfest

Live mu­sic, arts and crafts and the Ken­zinger run all re­turn to Penn Treaty Park this week­end.

This year’s Fishtown Shad­fest is bring­ing to­geth­er groups in the com­munity to raise funds to­ward one lofty goal –erect­ing a $200,000 statue of Lenni Lenape Chief Taman­end, who entered in­to a treaty of peace with Wil­li­am Penn on the grounds of Penn Treaty Park.

The an­nu­al Shad­fest, now in its fourth year, is or­gan­ized by the Friends of Penn Treaty Park. It will be held at the park at Columbia and Delaware av­en­ues from noon un­til six p.m. on April 28.

“That’s where Pennsylvania really star­ted,” said Vice Pres­id­ent of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park Bar­bara More­head. She also men­tioned that it was of­fi­cially named a his­tor­ic site by the City of Phil­adelphia on March 9.

The Friends of Penn Treaty group has long sought a trib­ute statue to Taman­end on these grounds. In the past, the group had hoped to move a statue of Chief Taman­end from the in­ter­sec­tion of Front and Mar­ket streets in Old City to Penn Treaty Park. That move would have been in­cred­ibly ex­pens­ive, and the statue was de­signed for the Old City loc­a­tion. More­head said the group wants to com­mis­sion a new statue.

“Shad­fest will hope­fully be a big suc­cess. It’s a nice ad­vert­ise­ment for the park,” said More­head, who said that the group’s hope is to have 5,000 people in at­tend­ance this year.

At the event, the park will be filled with tables full of ex­hib­its, activ­it­ies and crafts, as well as an es­say con­test for chil­dren and the new ad­di­tion of food vendors along Beach Street.

All pro­ceeds will go to­ward the cre­ation of a new statue of the Nat­ive Amer­ic­an lead­er that will reside with­in the park. 

To help con­trib­ute to the cause, the Ken­zinger Beer Chal­lenge is also re­turn­ing to Shad­fest this year. The Chal­lenge is sponsored by a part­ner­ship between the Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany and the Fishtown Beer Run­ners, said Beer Run­ners founder Dav­id April.

The run ori­gin­ally star­ted out as a com­pet­it­ive 5k and was ap­pro­pri­ately titled the “Shad Run.” When some chal­lenges arose due to con­struc­tion of Sug­ar House Casino, the or­gan­izers of the run switched things up.

“The side­walks were torn up and you couldn’t run on them,” said April. “We de­cided we’d do this fun run rather than a com­pet­it­ive run with tim­ing and all that.”

Now in its third year, the run is gear­ing up and spots are still avail­able for any­one who wants to join in (see re­gis­tra­tion in­form­a­tion be­low).

Last year, April said there were 145 par­ti­cipants, and this year he’s hop­ing for more.

While Ken­zinger is the title spon­sor of the chal­lenge, April said that the Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany goes above and bey­ond in its sup­port for the run by provid­ing t-shirts for all the vo­lun­teers. 

The run, which is set up like a scav­enger hunt, will in­clude four or five stops- usu­ally brew­er­ies and bars sig­ni­fic­ant to brew­ing his­tory in Fishtown and Kens­ing­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to April, some of this year’s sites will be Steven Starr’s Frank­ford Hall in Fishtown, the Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany brew­ery site in Kens­ing­ton, the fu­ture site of Star’s Think Beer, Drink Beer colum­nist Tim Pat­ton’s St. Ben­jamin’s Brew­ing Com­pany and more.

The part­ner­ship between the brew­ery and the run­ners makes for an in­ter­est­ing run and a fun-filled day, but there is one goal in mind.

“We just do it to help Penn Treaty Park,” April said.

If you’re go­ing:

Cel­eb­rate Fishtown at the fourth-anu­al Shad­fest on Sat­urday April 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

The fest raises money for the Friends of Penn Treaty Park, a com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tion ded­ic­ated to pre­serving and en­han­cing the beauty and use­ful­ness of his­tor­ic Penn Treaty Park.

Back by pop­u­lar de­mand is the the Ken­zinger Chal­lenge Run, a three-mile non-com­pet­it­ive run.

The run be­gins at noon, on­line re­gis­tra­tion (through April 27) is $20 + a $2 fee ($1 of which Tick­etLeap will be donat­ing back to Friends of Penn Treaty Park). On-site re­gis­tra­tion (day of) is $25 and will open at 11 a.m. Check-in is at the Shad­fest Info Tent at the front of the park.

The first 100 par­ti­cipants will re­ceive a T-shirt.

The rain date is April 29.

For more in­form­a­tion, vis­it www.fishtown­shad­

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