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Sharpsburg gears up for Guyasuta Days, Aug. 4-9

Jan Pakler | for Trib Total Media
Sunset falls on the high slide during the weekend events at the annual Guyasuta Days Festival last year in Sharpsburg.

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By Sharon Drake
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Sharpsburg's summer tradition, Guyasuta Days, promises another banner year.

Kennedy Park will jump with activities from the festival's opening on Aug. 4 to the final children's day and evening fireworks on Aug. 9.

Carnival rides from C & L Shows will be featured, along with a bevy of vendors.

The awards presentation will be at 7 p.m. on Monday. Renee Procopio is this year's Community Spirit Award Winner. Chloe Artice is the Guyasuta Committee Scholarship awardee. She plans to study microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Daniel Herstek and Susan Swickrath will be crowned the Great Chief and Princess, respectively. Both are longtime volunteers with Sharpsburg Guyasuta Committee Inc.

Swickrath, 58, who works on the ad book and children's day, will be costumed as a Native American maiden. The costumed princess will move though the crowd helping with raffles. There will be as many as five winners per night.

Each evening will have bingo and entertainment.

Daniels and McLain open the festival with southern rock; Tuesday is an Elvis impersonator; Wednesday offers Kardaz with oldies; Thursday is Magic Moments; Friday is the Groove Doctors; and Saturday the RLM Band performs. Each performance offers a different musical experience. The groups start around 7 p.m. except Monday night when the program begins at 8 p.m.

A free corn roast is set for Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday is Kids Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day ends with Zambelli fireworks at 10 p.m., sponsored by Sharpsburg Borough.

Guyasuta Days is more than just a community festival. Last year, the festival committee donated $10,000 toward a fire truck. Other grants have gone to Sharpsburg Community Library and Seneca EMS. Smaller grants have flowed to residents in need.

“We reach far and wide in the community,” said Roxane Magnelli, president of the committee.

Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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