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Brownsville plans community festival

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A rubber duck race and a hot dog-eating contest highlight a full slate of activities at the Brownsville Community Festival & Ducky Race.

Saturday's event kicks off with the 18th annual Falcon 5K at Brownsville Area High School. The fundraiser is sponsored by Brownsville Cross Country Boosters. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Awards are presented to the top three over-all male and female runners and walkers in 12 age groups.

The fourth annual festival will be held rain or shine in Snowdon Square, with booths opening at 10 a.m. and the community parade revving up at 11 a.m.

Festival highlights include the third annual Fiddles' Classic Car Show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, which will be staged beside the restaurant, and BARC's fifth annual Ducky Race at 4 p.m. at Brownsville Riverside Wharf. Up to 1,000 yellow rubber duckies will be sold and dropped into the Mon from the Inter-County Bridge, with prizes awarded to the “owners” of the first three to cross the finish line. Preceding the “duck” drop, Fayette County's Swift Water Rescue Team will demonstrate tactical skills from the Monongahela River.

The hot dog-eating contest, which starts at 4:45 p.m. on the festival's main stage, is limited to five competitors, who will be selected on a first-come basis. There is a $10 entry fee to compete.

Competitors will have five minutes to see who can consume the most hot dogs. The winner will get $50, Brownsville T-shirts and bragging rights as the champion. To reserve a spot at the table, contact Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. at 724-785-9331.

Free entertainment starts immediately after the parade and ends at 6 p.m. Featured entertainment includes a community choir, musical groups, a puppeteer, a dance troupe, Brownsville Area High School's cheerleading squad and a karaoke grand finale.

Other festival activities are food booths, arts and crafts, raffles and electronics waste recycling. DJ Bill Lemon of Pittsburgh will emcee the event.

Also open that day will be the Flatiron Heritage Center, 69 Market St., and Frank L. Melega Art Museum, 71 Market St., both of which are free. The Brownsville Historical Society will be conducting history tours at Nemacolin Castle, 136 Front St. The tours are $8 for adults and $4 for children.

The Brownsville Community Festival & Ducky Race is jointly sponsored by borough council, BARC and Blueprint Communities. Tami Sealy, BARC president, and Jack Lawver, president of Brownsville Borough Council, are co-chairing the event.

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