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Preparations continue for 'A Day on the Avenue'

| Sunday, May 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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Cole Jankoski, 4, of Heidelberg plays a frog toss game during Bridgeville's Day on the Avenue last year.
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Carolyn Palmer of McDonald and a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church cheers after Logan Balint, 7, of McDonald knocks over some cans while playing a game during Bridgeville's Day on the Avenue.
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The view down Washington Avenue in 2012 as Bridgeville Day on the Avenue is well under way.

Bridgeville's annual community event, “Bridgeville: A Day on the Avenue,” will take place next month.

Officials this year anticipate 90 spaces and booths packed onto Washington Avenue for the event on June 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People are welcome to stroll the avenue, visiting booths from local and outside vendors.

“We have anything from food to craft products, general information projects and local business that do giveaways,” said Sheryl Valentino, utility clerk of Bridgeville and event coordinator. “We even have Scentsy in there.”

The Bridgeville Area Historical Society — a longtime sponsor and vendor — will host two blacksmith reenactors in the parking lot by Burgh's Pizza and Wings. The blacksmiths will demonstrate how to make and repair horseshoes, Council member Mary Weise said.

Another long-standing event is the fire department battle of the barrel. The Bridgeville Fire Department will duel departments from the surrounding area to see who can move the barrel over the line first.

The Bridgeville Library is reaching out to the youth by providing interactive crafts and promotions for their summer reading programs. They will be sharing a space with the used bookstore, Friends of the Bridgeville Library, which donates all proceeds from the books purchased to the library.

Other children attractions including a moon bounce, face paint and animal balloons.

Originating in the 1960s, Bridgeville Community Day made a name switch in 2006 when it was decided to centralize the event on the main avenue of town. Previously, attractions were scattered throughout the community requiring more transportation use. “I think it gives it a very positive promotion,” Valentino said. “I think it helps with the businesses because the people that come down in see things that they really were not aware that we had here. Even the local areas will have exposure for businesses. It just seems that it's an interesting thing on how many companies get more awareness.”

Bridgeville: Day on the Avenue has become a meeting ground for its community members and neighbors who lead hectic lives.

It's the one day of the year where the heart of Bridgeville is displayed on Washington Avenue for everyone to explore while reuniting with old friends.

“A lot of people stop and chit chat and visit,” Weise said. “People you don't see from year to year. A lot of families now bring their children. It's just a lot of fun. You see a lot of people you don't see from year to year.”

Brittany Goncar is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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