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Guyasuta Days offers fun, benefits community

| Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 8:16 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for Trib Total Media
Sunset falls on the high slide during the weekend events at the annual Guyasuta Days Festival last year in Sharpsburg.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Four year old Carson Rihn smiles at his Grandmother while on the dragon ride during the annual Guyasuta Days Festival in Sharpsburg.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Cheyene Rocco, Maria Enhof and Hailey Johnson enjoy opening night at the annual Guyasuta Days Festival.
Amy Funk waves to her husband Jason Funk and their two boys, Landon and Shane, as they take off on the Ferris wheel at a previous Guyasuta Days festival in Sharpsburg . Jan Pakler

Celebrate Seneca leader Chief Guyasuta at the 18th annual Guyasuta Days from Aug. 4 through 9 at Kennedy Park in Sharpsburg.

The six-day festival is presented by the Sharpsburg Guyasuta Committee, whose members began planning the event in early January. Sharpsburg borough treasurer and committee president Roxane Magnelli says the community looks forward to the event each year.

“People have told me they plan their vacation around the festival,” Magnelli says. “I have a great committee. They all work and volunteer their time throughout the year for this.”

Guyasuta Days usually draws around 100 people each night from the Sharpsburg area and surrounding communities.

Several businesses and nonprofit organizations will have vendor booths set up throughout the event, including the Rotary Club of Sharpsburg Aspinwall, Northwest Bank, Sharpsburg Family Worship Center and Frittata Foods in Allison Park.

Magnelli says one of the most unique things about the Guyasuta Festival is that no two vendors are permitted to sell the same product. All menus and raffle items must be pre-approved so there is no overlap. She says this makes it fair for everyone, and attendees can eat something different almost every night of the affair.

The festival kicks off Aug. 4 with an opening ceremony featuring remarks by Mayor Richard Panza, the annual crowning of the festival chief and princess and the presentation of a $1,000 scholarship to a recently graduated Fox Chapel Area High School senior.

Aug. 6 is free corn night, and there also will be carnival rides, games and a photo booth throughout the event, along with bingo every night at 7:30 p.m.

Live music will be provided by local bands Daniels & McCain, KardaZ, the Magic Moments, the Groove Doctors and RLM.

Kids can play games and make crafts, watch a magician perform and ride ponies all while enjoying a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9, the festival's Kids Day. A Zambelli fireworks display will close out the festival that evening.

Because the committee is a charity organization, Magnelli emphasizes that all of the money they raise throughout the year goes right back into the community.

“We try to help everybody out,” she says. “I just look forward to seeing how it all comes together.”

Emma Deihle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8513 or edeihle@tribweb.com.

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