Verona’s Community Day tradition continues
Verona’s third annual Community Day brought hundreds of people to the small borough Aug. 12.
Musicians, games, vendors and snow cones could be enjoyed by all along East Railroad Avenue by the municipal building.
“We have a lot of good vendors that came and they’re all doing well,” event co-chairperson Patti Tumminello said. “We have a lot of variety. I don’t double up on anybody, and they always want to come back. They always have good food. It’s been a hit for the last three years.”
The Classic Brew Band played Rolling Stones covers and other classic rock hits. There was no dunk tank this year.
Tumminello said some who were dunked received bumps and bruises, and they did not want that to happen again.
In its stead was a fire station bouncy house with event co-chair Mary Ann Yingling running the booth.
“I’m a (Riverview elementary) teacher, so I like to be around where the kids are,” she said. “You get to see a lot of kids you haven’t seen for a while … It’s so nice to get people together and you get to meet new people. We’ve had pretty good timing weather-wise as far as this goes. We’ve had to cancel two of our concerts because of rain, but we’ve had great weather for this.”
Kids and adults alike played inside the inflatable fire station, including Jacob Bigenho, 10, of Verona. He said his favorite part of the day was playing games, winning prizes and eating a blue and orange snow cone.
Jacob was joined by his mother Katie Bigenho, father Dave Fest, brother David Fest, 3, and sister Taylor Fest, 7. Katie Bigenho said they went to Penn Hills’ community day, and were happy to see their town have a similar celebration.
“I like coming to this one because we know everybody around,” she said.
Becky Juricich of Becca Designs had one of the more popular booths. She provided snow cones and glitter tattoos.
“It’s a community thing. People meet here, and a lot of the vendors are from the (Verona) farmers markets on Thursdays,” Juricich said. “It seems to be going along great.”
Tumminello said she plans to have another community day with even more participants next August.