NORTH TOWANDA -

A large, horn-backed dragon lay on the grass Saturday in North Towanda, but there was no reason to fear - it was a giant inflatable plaything for the kids.

The dragon was one of many colorful, eye-catching sights as Global Tungsten & Powders held its 5th Anniversary celebration at its Towanda plant.

There were other inflatable objects like a tiger and a pirate ship for the kids, a rock climbing wall, lots of picnic foods, and activities like sand art and face painting. CCR's "Down on the Corner" was cranked out, adding to the festive milieu.

At more than seven feet tall, a performer on stilts, "Pirate Lacie," walked among the crowd.

She said that she gets questions like "how's the weather up there" and "how did you get so tall?"

"I tell them I ate all my green beans and did everything my mommy and daddy asked me to," she said.

Sue Schoonover of Towanda, who is a quality engineer for GTP, said of the day, "It's fun for the kids, I love it."

Craig Rieder, director of human resources for GTP, said GTP counted 2-3,000 people attending the event, and then "lost count."

"People seem to be enjoying it, in spite of the rain, which has quit," he said around 2 p.m.

The event was open to the public and GTP employees, their family, and friends.

When asked about the past five years, Rieder said, "we've had a lot of investment in new equipment and new processes." GTP is part of the Plansee Group.

In the last five years, he said, the company started to make a component for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, which he said convert natural gas to electricity and are used by commercial industry.

People could also go on tours at the facility.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.