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What:Freeport Renaissance Association's fundraiser “Great Balls of Fall.”

When:6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday

Where:High Street, Freeport, between Fourth and Third streets

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By George Guido
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, 12:31 a.m.

Golf balls rolling down a street might seem like something out of an old Three Stooges comedy flick or a science fiction movie.

But golf balls will, indeed, be rolling down Freeport's High Street between Fourth and Third streets on Saturday night.

It's all part of the Freeport Renaissance Association's fundraiser called “Great Balls of Fall.”

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. In addition to the golf ball roll, there will be a street fair with music provided by a disc jockey, food and baked goods at the Freeport United Methodist Church social hall, and a street masquerade ball.

Proceeds will benefit the drive to convert the small, white Episcopal Church at the corner of Sixth and High streets into the proposed Freeport Community & History Center.

Here's how the golf ball roll will work: Residents and businesses can buy a numbered golf ball for $10.

High Street will be closed between Fourth and Fifth streets between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m., impediments will be placed on the street that are intended to create a pinball-like effect on the golf balls.

At the bottom of the hill, the golf balls will be channeled toward a V-shaped mechanism to center the balls into a piece of pipe.

The first three balls into the pipe will win cash prizes for their owners.

“It sounds like it will be a fun night,” said Mary Bowlin, Freeport Renaissance Association president. “I really got the idea from Grove City; they do it there, except they have pumpkins in the middle of the street that the golf balls bounce off.”

Bowlin said merchants will establish the golf ball impediments on the street.

“For instance, Red Rover Gifts will place a gift basket on the street and Linda Lucas Hair Salon will supply a cart used for beauty shop supplies,” Bowlin said. “The 250 golf balls were donated by Birdsfoot (Golf Club).”

Tyler Huth will provide recorded music and residents can wear Halloween costumes if they wish, Bowlin said.

Fire police will help motorists navigate the detour until High Street is reopened at 8 p.m.

Proceeds also will go toward matching funds for a courtesy boat dock along the Allegheny River.

“We hope to make this an annual event,” Bowlin said.

The festivities won't interfere with trick-or-treating in Buffalo Township and Freeport, which have been moved to 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media. Comments regarding this story may be sent to (724) 226-4667 or

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