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Cementing a Dunbar tradition: Borough holds Community Fest on Saturday

DUNBAR — “All roads lead to Dunbar” Saturday. The second annual Dunbar Community Fest will once more put the borough on the map. It promises to be even bigger and better than last year.

This year’s fest will begin and end with a bang: from the 8 a.m. starter’s pistol at the Pechin 5k run-walk to the Keystone Fireworks display at dusk. In between, visitors can experience fine entertainment, great food and share memories, while cementing a Dunbar tradition.

“I think it’s wonderful,” says Mayor Angie Graziano. “It was a success last year, so let’s do it again. I’ll be there with my mayor’s hat on.”

This year will feature a Dunbar Fest Logo, designed by Dunbar Borough Elementary fifth-grader Angela Grover. She took grand prize in a school-wide design contest.

The logo is under wraps until Saturday, but Angela describes it as featuring a flag, fireworks, an Army tank and Little Miss Dunbar. “I like art,” she says.

“Angela’s logo will be used for future festivals,” says school principal Kristen Porter.

Downtown will be an open-air festival ground, with a car show on Connellsville Street, entertainment under a tent behind the borough building and activities at the fire department and ball field, among other locations.

Local churches and community groups will sell a variety of food, with no two booths selling the same entrees.

The Dunbar Village People will reprise the disco era at 2 p.m., putting their own spin on “YMCA” and “Macho Men.” Who will be the cowboy, the Indian, the construction worker• Come and see.

Call 724-277-8173 to reserve a free space at the flea market, returning this year.

Other returning favorites include the Rainbow Express children’s train, petting zoo, a new stamp cancellation featuring the Dunbar trolley and the sidewalk chalk mural on Dunbar Bridge. The Dunbar Historical Society is preparing a new display and its slide presentation will include Dunbar and the surrounding area.

The Dunbar Sportsmen will set up an outdoor display across the creek from the fire hall, featuring a Conestoga wagon and teepee and will hold fly-tying demonstrations along Water Street.

The fire department will host an open house, featuring a child identification program, demonstrations by Fayette EMS, STAT MedEvac, state police at Uniontown and other groups.

Pat Trimbath anticipates more than last year’s 30 cars at the car show. “We’ll have it on Connellsville Street, so there will be more room. We’ll have a D.J. There will be free gifts for the participants. We’re expecting a good show.”

“The committees extend an open invitation to the surrounding communities to come to Dunbar for a day of good food and good fellowship in Dunbar,” says Sandra Lincoln, of the entertainment committee.

Dunbar Community

Fest schedule

Sept. 27

7 a.m.: Register for Pechin 5k run-walk at the Dunbar fire hall

8 a.m.: Pechin 5k begins

10 a.m.: Volleyball tournament at Dunbar Little League ball field

11 a.m.: Little Miss Dunbar and Colonel Dunbar pageant, main stage

11:30-5:30: Ongoing entertainment throughout the Fest, including an open house at the fire hall and at several churches

12 p.m.: Honor Dunbar Little League, 2003 Section Champs, main stage

Present awards to Fest logo winners

1 to 1:45 p.m.: Clown show, main stage

2 to 3 p.m.: Our own Village People, main stage

3 to 5 p.m.: Pechin Chapel gospel singers, rear stage

5 to 5:30 p.m.: Honoring veterans, rear stage

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.: Brass Knuckles band, main stage

Fireworks at dusk


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