Guyasuta Days offers fun, benefits community
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Indiana County infant hit by bullet will be blind
- Police trying to identify people involved in I-70 collision
- Rossi: Pirates plan to carry Hurdle deep into playoffs
- Steelers’ Tomlin does not like his coaching style to be characterized
- Despres is relishing his regular role on Penguins’ blue line
- Penguins notebook: Malkin picture muddy
- Steelers notebook: Tomlin bringing officials to practice
- Pittsburgh rises up for a 2nd year of Pirates magic
- State trooper fatally shot during training exercise
- Volquez latest rehabbed arm to get ball on big stage for Pirates
- Pirates notebook: Martin feels ‘pretty good,’ will start vs. Giants