Elizabeth ready for Riverfest
A busy weekend beckons in Elizabeth, with a lot of music, fireworks and a parade.
This is the fourth year that Elizabeth Volunteer Fire Co. has run the Riverfest, an event that dates back at least 20 years.
“They were having a hard time getting funding,” fire Chief Chad Rager recalled of the committee that formerly ran the annual riverside festival.
Riverfest officially runs Friday and Saturday. The latest round of “Sounds Like Summer” on Plum Street, a weekly free concert series run by the Elizabeth Business District Advisory Committee, unofficially kicks things off Thursday night.
“Sounds Like Summer” will be extended Friday and Saturday to coincide with Riverfest, with concerts between 6 and 9 p.m..
“I think they will complement each other very nicely,” borough council president Monica Glowinski said. “I think that having more people in town is great.”
The Sutersville-based country act On the Horizon will play Thursday, then it's Dawson's Creek of Dawson with classical rock on Friday and The Ages of Elizabeth Township with '70s and '80s rock on Saturday.
On Friday and Saturday, borough firefighters will welcome their neighbors to what has become their major fundraising activity.
“Every year it's getting better,” Rager said. “We get a lot of donations.”
Food and game booths will be set up in the lot near the fire company's bingo hall.
“We have no fire tax in the borough,” said Capt. Ken Kirschner. “We are very fortunate to have so many people come out.”
It also requires some mutual aid, with Lincoln and Buena Vista volunteers on standby for any fire alarms.
A lot of manpower will be involved for Riverfest, as 40 borough firefighters and social members of the fire company get involved.
It opens with disc jockeys Friday at 4, then the New Hope Assembly of God Band from 6-7:30 p.m. and the Prairie Fire Band on the riverfront from 8 until closing time. Keystone Fireworks will cap the first night at 10.
Disc jockeys will spin records Saturday from 1-8 p.m. A full-vehicle rescue demonstration by the firefighters is set for 1, an American Hapkido demonstration by students of grandmaster John Belushak at 3, and units lining up at 4 for a 5 p.m. parade.
“We have all our mutual aid companies,” Kirschner said. “We do have two marching units as well.”
When the parade has concluded, Dallas Marks will perform from 8 until closing time.
Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1967, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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