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Crafton Celebrates packs a lot into shorter run

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Schedule of Events

Friday: 6 to 10:30 p.m.

7:15 p.m. – Festival Opening Ceremonies at Crafton Park, off Steuben Street: Led by the American Legion and Carlynton Marching Band.

8 p.m. – KardaZ, featuring pop and easy rock

Saturday: 3 to 10:30 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – Mr. Ron's Music School

4:15 p.m. – Nameless in August: “Folk + Rawk + Pittsburgh”

6:15 p.m. – BT Sisters: Country and pop

7:30 p.m. – Rayband, featuring classic rock

Sunday: 3 to 10:30 p.m.

3 p.m. – Country Jam: bluegrass style

4:15 p.m. – DanceTime Studio

5 p.m. – Doubletime, an electric duo

5:45 p.m. – Doodles Magic Show

7:30 p.m. – Churchview Saints, a blues rock band

9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

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After much planning and a little contentiousness, Crafton Celebrates is upon the area and organizers promise the festivities won't disappoint despite an abbreviated schedule.

The celebration at Crafton Park, off Steuben Street, will be three days rather than the traditional five. But Crafton Celebrates Committee spokeswoman Becky Heffner said those days — from Friday through Sunday — will be packed with entertainment.

“Every single one of the bands has a tie to Crafton,” she said. “We're really excited about it.”

One band Heffner said the committee is particularly excited about is KardaZ, with Beaver County natives Chris and Bob Kardasz. The duo used to play Crafton Celebrates regularly, but had gotten away from it in recent years. Heffner said the committee is glad to have them back – and glad to have a tie to the past.

At the other end of the spectrum, the festival also will welcome up-and-coming band Nameless in August.

“They're a really new, young band,” she said. “We're happy to highlight them.”

Also new to the celebration is a dunk tank, something Crafton Elementary students are especially sure to love – teachers from the school, along with other “local celebrities,” will be in the tank, Heffner said.

“Who doesn't want to dunk their teacher?” she said.

The festival also will feature a photo booth, where residents can capture memories.

In addition to the bands and other entertainment, the event also will include six craft vendors and nearly a dozen game, food and activity booths.

Crafton Celebrates will close on Sunday night at 9:30 with a fireworks display.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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