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Fort Ligonier Days volunteers make it all happen for 54th fest

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
Bill Pribisco | for the Ligonier Echo
Jay Simpson owner of Airborne Promotions of Pittsburgh mounts one of 40 Fort Days banners on a lamp post on the Diamond, as the community prepares for the 54th Fort Ligonier Days celebration on Oct. 11, 12 and 13. This photo was taken on 9/19/2013 by Bill Pribisco on the Ligonier Diamond

Committee leaders met for the final time recently to review plans for this year's Fort Ligonier Days.

Led by Holly Mowrey, Jack McDowell and Bill Stablein, the committee is comprised of a core group of 20 committee leaders, each with their own group of volunteers. They all know what to do to get the festival up and running smoothly throughout the three-day event.

“It's all about how everybody works together,” Stablein said. “People will get involved when they know you need something for Fort Days. It is really neat how all the people step up to help at this small-town event.”

Stablein credits the whole community for the event's longtime success.

“This is such a community festival. Our goal is to support the community,” said Stablein.

The theme this year is “Sharing Our Legacy.” Ligonier's history dates back more than 250 years to the building of Fort Ligonier and its role in the French and Indian War.

For more than 50 years, the community has marked that legacy with the celebration.

“Fort Ligonier Days brings out the best in the community. That is why it is so successful,” said Stablein.

Musical entertainment promises variety

Thousands are expected to visit the Ligonier Valley on Oct. 11, 12, 13 in search of good food, great shopping and a full schedule of musical entertainment.

Full Kilt will take the stage 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 following the opening ceremonies at the Bandstand stage. The Celtic rock band will feature a blend of traditional Irish/Scottish tunes with a progressive rock tilt.

Country rock will follow 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 when Sydney Hutchko performs on the Bandstand.

New this year on the Diamond is musical entertainment on Friday evening. “Arrival — the Journey Tribute” will perform 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the East Main Street stage. The band will recreate the music of the legendary rock band by performing hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s and today.

Acoustic Shadows of the Blue & Gray, a Civil War string band, will open the Oct. 12 music schedule when they perform 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the Bandstand.

Michael Christopher will follow with a country music performance 4:30 to 6 p.m.

“Beatlemania Magic,” a tribute to the Beatles, will perform on the East Main Street stage 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Keystone Fireworks & Specialty Sales Co. will present a fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the Ligonier Valley Cemetery. The event is sponsored by Commercial Bank & Trust.

On Oct. 13, The House Band will perform music from the '50s through present day. The three-piece rock band from West Newton will feature music geared towards dancing and singing along with the band.

The River City Brass Band will close out the musical entertainment portion of the festival with a performance at the Bandstand 3 to 4:30 p.m. The 28-piece American brass band will perform Big Band, swing, jazz, Broadway hits, classical music and traditional marches.

Additional information about the performances will be listed in the Fort Ligonier Days official program to be distributed with the Oct. 10 Ligonier Echo or available at the information booth during the festival.