Plum’s first Fall Fest a bigger success than expected
A new festival in Plum was a big hit with residents and visitors — not just because it began with a home run derby.
“We came for the games and the horses,” said Ashley Schuetz of Pitcairn. “It’s good, perfect weather for this and everybody’s really nice. It’s always great to have a place to go with your friends and family.”
Schuetz made the trek to Plum with her 1-year-old son, Charlie Edmunds.
They were among at least 1,000 people at Plum Creek Park Saturday for the borough’s inaugural Fall Fest.
There was face painting, pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch, pony rides, games, cornhole tournaments, hula hoop contests, food trucks and various vendors.
A home run derby to benefit the Plum Baseball & Softball Association took place at the park around 11 a.m. The festival started at noon.
Evan Davidson, 2, and Trinity Davidson, 4, from McKeesport won prizes from the festival with their mother, Becky Davidson.
It was the family’s first time in Plum. Trinity said the best part of the day was the ponies.
“We had heard good things about the festival and this area,” Davidson said. “We figured we’d come out for the day. I work with a few people that live in the Plum area. It’s nice. The kids love it. We got to see a little baseball on our way in. Even if you don’t live in the area you get to come and see what the area’s about and tell people what you think about it.”
Free pony rides were provided by Eliezer Stable of Worthington. The group collected donations for the Plum Angel Fund, a charity designed to help residents in need have a happy holiday in December.
“I liked getting my face painted,” said Zoey Knight, 9, of Plum.
She had “I (heart) Steelers” painted on her left cheek while her brother, Gage Knight, 5, got a bat painted on his right cheek.
“I’m up for anything for the kids to do,” said their mother, Natalie Farro, about coming to Fall Fest. “I thought it was pretty cute. They seemed like they had a lot of fun.”
The festival was organized by borough Manager Michael Thomas and his assistant Mona Costanza.
Thomas served as grill master with a few other volunteers serving hotdogs, sausages and other items.
“It’s to offer another opportunity for our residents to get together in the community,” Costanza said. “For the first year, I don’t think we could have expected any better.”
It was open noon-7 p.m., but ran out of the 180 pumpkins reserved for children within the first few hours.
Mayor Harry Schlegel, who assisted with game ticket and pumpkin distribution, said that’s something the borough will plan better next year.
“(It was) a rousing success,” Schlegel said. “It’s a result of the staff here on their day off, donating their time. This thing’s a bigger success than we thought.”
Admission was free. PVN Productions’ Vince Lagrotteria provided the music.
“We have the good atmosphere. We have the Octoberfest music playing,” Lagrotteria said. “We’re looking to expand it next year, doing a couple other little things.”
Costanza said they just need something for the spring to have a Plum event for every season.
The borough presents Christmas at Plum Creek in late November and Summer Fest in June, formerly Community Days, both at Plum Creek Park.
The Plum Chamber of Commerce has its Easter Eggstravaganza in late March.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.