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Electricity charges up Rock the Quarry for two days in Collier

| Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Sunset Remembrance Ceremony at Rock the Quarry in 2009. The annual event on the Panhandle Trail features music, food and special features such as the sunset ceremony and Rubber Ducky Race.

If the quarry is rockin', go ahead and come knockin'.

The 13th annual Rock the Quarry, hosted by the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail, will have the quarry between the Walkers Mill trail entrance and Sunnyside entrance rocking this weekend.

Started in 2000, township commissioner Kay Downey-Clarke said the festival has grown over the years.

“It was usually just one day — Saturday afternoon,” she said. “Then it went to all day. Then we started having it on Friday night, too, because it became so popular.”

The two-day event, which is free to the public, relies on donations to raise money for upkeep of the portion of the Panhandle Trail in Collier Township.

The trail needs resurfaced, she said, and donations from the weekend's events will go toward that. She said the organization also hopes to make more improvements in the future.

“We hope to have running water and real bathrooms on the trail,” she said. “Not this year, but it's in the works — it's one of our goals.”

New this year, however, is electricity.

In past years, the event was lit by generators, but a grant from Duquesne Light allowed for electrical grids to be installed.

“This year, it's going to be just turn the switch and plug in,” Downey-Clarke said.

Also new this year is a 5K trail race hosted by the Steel City Road Runners Saturday morning. The race starts at 11 a.m., and participants can register from 10 to 10:45 a.m. The race is free, but donations will be accepted.

The festivities begin Friday at 5:30 p.m., and the quarry will rock until 11 p.m. Food vendors will be available and parking is free. As attendees approach the Walkers Mill entrance, they will see signs directing them to parking.

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

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