Borough to kickoff weeklong celebration Sunday
BRACKENRIDGE: After almost two years of planning, the organizers of the Brackenridge Centennial Celebration are gearing up for the borough’s big celebration.
The event will be from Sunday through Saturday.
The celebration will kick off with a music festival at 2 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature the Brackenridge Mass choir, made up of about 55 people from several churches in the area.
Choir chairwoman Salina Foster said the group has been practicing for a year and a half. Bonnie Thomson is assistant chairwoman.
Foster thanked Dayspring Christian Center for its help.
‘Dayspring has been so kind, they’ve given us storage space for our equipment, they’ve just done everything for us,’ she said.
Brackenridge Mayor Gil Hendrickson said he got a chance to hear the choir perform and he said it sounded wonderful.
Other events include a carnival from 6 to 11 p.m. Monday through next Saturday in Ludlum Field. The carnival also has a Saturday matinee from 1 to 4 p.m. The carnival will feature rides, games, food and nightly entertainment.
There also will be a parade starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
Fireworks will cap off the celebration at 10:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Admission to all events is free.
Carnival co-chairman Sam Jones said the planning wasn’t easy.
‘It was quite a task because of all the different committees,’ Jones said.
With the centennial just days away, he said things are starting to come together.
Most of the festival will be at Ludlum Field and in the parking lot of Flabeg Glass.
‘Flabeg and Ludlum have been very cooperative with us using their facilities,’ Hendrickson said.
‘We’re going to have a lot of thank-you letters to send out,’ he said.
To raise money for the festival, the committees held various fund-raisers such as raffles and lotteries.
‘We’ve had a lot of things going for us,’ Hendrickson said.
The mayor said it’s been tough to organize, but the committee chairmen and chairwomen did a great job.
For those interested in nostalgia, a centennial book will be available at the festival. Book committee Chairwoman Linda Roman said she and eight other people helped put the book together.
The book will feature a history of the borough. She said it will pick up where the 75th anniversary book left off. The book will feature stories about the four oldest borough residents and the tragic 1991 fire along Morgan Street in which four firefighters lost their lives.
Roman said the committee worked on the book for more than a year. She said it was interesting looking at the old photographs.
‘Compared to 50 years ago, there are practically no businesses left. The amount of businesses the borough used to have is incredible,’ she said.
The centennial also will feature a queen who will be crowned at 4:30 p.m. next Saturday in the park. The finalists are Jamie Sims, 19; Katlyn Elliot, 16; Lauren Cavenaugh, 16; and Trudy Burns, 16.
Queen committee Chairwoman Rose Kudloc said the teen-agers were given centennial pins to sell and whoever sold the most will be proclaimed the queen. The girls have been selling the pins since February.
The queen will ride in the parade and appear at different events during the celebration, Kudloc said.
The biggest concern organizers said they have is the weather. A chance of rain and cloudy skies are forecast throughout the week.
‘I think we have a lot of strong voices that can pray for good weather,’ the mayor said of the mass choir.
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