June 21 is the official first day of summer, but people are eager long before then to embrace the warmth, relaxation, adventure and party spirit of summer. June is traditionally the month for weddings, but this is a superlative time for camping trips, family reunions, baby and wedding showers, big barbecues, pool parties, and any outside recreation to celebrate summer, friends and family.

If you are wondering what to do for a family reunion or birthday party to make it entertaining and memorable, how about some games and special treats? You can rent dunk tanks, kids games, cotton candy machines, sno kone machines along with tables, chairs, tents, linens and more. Check it all out at We even have towable grill, chafing dishes, and helium tanks to blow up balloons.

If you are having a pool party, a sno kone machine or popcorn machine will keep the kids happy. We also have pool toys and pool supplies in our store. Take a gander at our outdoor furniture, pretty pillows, rugs and umbrellas to enhance your outdoor life. Our greenhouse is loaded with beautiful, colorful pottery and plants to fashion your area into a lush paradise.

And if you’re off on a camping trip, don’t forget to stop in for coolers, RV supplies, camping chairs, charcoal, portable grills, lanterns, insect repellant and items you need to make your stay comfortable. Maybe pick up a puzzle or kids’ books too in case you spend a rainy day inside the camper.

For the cook in the family, we carry smokers, grills and griddles. Weber, Trager and Pit Boss provide the large selection in our seasonal department and there’s something for every budget, including cook books, aprons, designer plates, flavored smoke and accessories. After the great meal, sit back in one of our Adirondack chairs relaxing around the fire pit (also found in our store!)

There is a holiday in June that we can’t forget: Father’s Day! Make sure you have plenty of time to browse in Longenecker’s Hardware for the perfect Father’s Day gift. Whether it’s tools (Stihl, Milwaukee, DeWalt) or socks  from our gift section, an insulated mug from housewares or new camping chair, a new grill or garden gloves, we have a great selection of Dad gifts. If you just can’t decide, Dad or Grandad will really appreciate a Longenecker’s gift card.