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26th annual Plum Community Festival kicks off June 23

| Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 12:11 a.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
A spectacular display presented by Zambelli Fireworks closed the 25th anniversary of the Plum Community Festival on Saturday, June 25, 2016, in Larry Mills Park. The two-day festival also featured rides, games, live entertainment and food.
'That Guy with the Birds,' who performs a fascinating educational show with parrots, will appear at the Plum Community Festival on June 24.

Plum community organizers are busy prepping for the 26th annual Plum Community Festival.

The two-day event kicks off on June 23 and celebrates food, fun and live entertainment with a family-oriented schedule.

Plum Mayor Rich Hrivnak noted the festival continues to expand – with thousands in attendance annually.

“New things are added each year and any time you bring a bunch of people together and help charities, it's a good thing,” Hrivnak said.

Borough Manager Michael Thomas noted more than $10,000 was raised for charity at last year's festival.

About 20 game booths will dot the expansive grounds at Larry Mills Park.

On the menu are local craft beer and traditional festival foods such as pierogies, gyros, fresh-cut fries, funnel cakes and Indian cuisine.

“Seeing the families together makes it all worthwhile,” Thomas said.

Organizers have ramped up the entertainment venues, offering two stages instead of one this year, Thomas said.

The Michael Christopher band headlines Saturday evening, performing country rock.

Children's activities include mining for gems, a climbing wall, caricatures, balloon art, face painting and henna tattoos.

Caped crusader Batman and Elsa from “Frozen” will appear from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 23.

Captain America and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast will make appearances the following evening, during the same time period.

“That Guy with the Birds” will showcase exotic parrots with an educational presentation from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.

A pie-baking contest returns, after debuting last year. Judging will take place on Saturday. Registration and rules can be found at

The community appreciates the event, and looks forward to the fireworks, Thomas said. Hrivnak noted the fireworks are a huge hit with the crowds, and a priority for festival planners.

“We have Zambelli's fireworks, and it is the festival finale,” Hrivnak said.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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