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Mt. Pleasant VFD Street Fair starts Monday

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Schedule of events

Monday: “One Price Ride Night” — $10 — 7-10 p.m.

Tuesday: Parade — 7 p.m. — Eagle and Main streets to Center Avenue (Lineup at 6 p.m.)

Tuesday-Saturday: $12 to ride nightly from 7-10 p.m.

Free prize drawing: Nightly at 11 p.m. (Participants must be present to win)

Entertainment: Nightly at 8 p.m.

Bingo: Nightly from 7-11 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department's social hall on Smithfield Street

Note: For a $3 donation to the department, donors have the chance to win $17,500. For more information, call 724-547-8501.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Mt. Pleasant Borough Volunteer Fire Department's annual Street Fair will begin Monday.

The fair will continue nightly through June 29 on Smithfield Street in the borough, and nearby at the firemen's club and social hall.

The parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday beginning at Eagle and Main streets, and it will proceed to Center Avenue in the borough. Lineup is at 6 p.m.

Annually held the last full week of June, the fair and parade are long-standing borough traditions, said department Fire Chief Jerry Lucia.

“I believe we have been having a firemen's fair since 1935,” Lucia said.

The location has changed a few times over the years, from Falcons Field to Washington Street, he added.

“When the new club was built in 1974, they moved the fair to Smithfield Street because of the large parking area and the air-conditioned hall that they could use for bingo,” Lucia said.

The fair's food stand will open each night at 6 p.m., followed by the rides, vending booths and other concessions which all will open at 7 p.m.

There will be a nightly raffle drawing and 50/50 drawing that will be held at 11 p.m. Participants must be present to win.

Thomas Family Amusements will offer the rides and concessions, and each night will feature DJ-delivered music at 8 p.m.

Food will be offered by several vendors, and one food tent will be operated by volunteer firemen who prepare, cook and serve pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and kielbasa.

“Our own firemen do the cooking and people look forward to it,” Lucia said.

The fair will again feature the cake wheel, which is a popular attraction and one that residents supplement by donating baked goods as prizes.

“We do really well on the cake stand,” Lucia said. “People love it and it's been a part of the fair for (more than) 50 years.”

The annual parade kicks off the evening that showcases the local departments, Lucia said.

“We always have a great response to our parade,” he said, adding that dozens of area fire companies regularly participate in the event.

The week-long fair is of utmost importance in sustaining the operation of the department, said department Treasurer Al Maida.

“The street fair is our main fundraising event,” Maida said. “We need to have the fair to carry our budget for the year.”

Weather is also a big factor and clear skies and warm evenings are anticipated, said department President Bruce Gerhart.

“The weather always plays a big part in the fair,” Gerhart said. “We have always had great support from the community for our fair, and we hope to see it continue. We are really grateful for everyone's support in this.”

Monday evening will be one-price ride night, and there will be bingo nightly in the social hall from 7 to 11 p.m.

For a $3 donation, department officers and members are also offering tickets for a chance to win $17,500.

For more information, call 724-547-8501.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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