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Beer sales new feature of Plum community festival

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

New features are in store for the Plum Community Festival this year, including the sale of beer.

“It will be in a restricted area next to the stage (at Larry Mills Park),” said Manager Michael Thomas following Monday night's council meeting.

The sale of beer is intended to offer another attraction for festival-goers and generate revenue, Thomas said.

Thomas also is president of the Plum Borough Rotary. The Rotary for the past few years has teamed with the borough to launch the festival that this year is planned for June 21 and 22.

The event includes music, food, games and other activities.

Last year's festival was expanded to three days. Festivities were canceled on the first night because of a massive storm that knocked over tents at the park that is located on a hill off Oblock Road.

The storm resulted in the Rotary taking a $1,200 loss, Thomas said.

Other new attractions this year are to include a Jimmy Buffett tribute band and a country-western band, Thomas said.

“We have two main acts that will be performing Friday and Saturday,” Thomas said.

Also, more children's games will be featured.

And festival-goers will find additional food offerings.

“We are changing up how we do food this year,” Thomas said. “We are going to have more outside vendors with a more expanded menu.”

Zambelli fireworks will serve as the finale for the festival Saturday night, Thomas said.

A schedule of events will be released closer to the festival dates, Thomas said.

As it did last year, the Rotary is looking for sponsors for the event. The group has various sponsorship opportunities. The donor levels are:

• $2,500 – Diamond Level Sponsor (Platinum Level and Naming Rights).

• $1,000 – Platinum Level Sponsor (Silver Level and a 3-by-8-foot sign with the sponsor's name at the festival).

• $500 – Gold Level Sponsor (Silver Level and a 3-by-5-foot sign with the sponsor's name at the festival).

• $250 – Silver Level Sponsor (Advertisement on borough cable channels).

Checks can be made payable to Plum Borough Rotary and mailed to: Borough of Plum, c/o Plum Community Festival, 4575 New Texas Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15239.

Thomas said officials plan to expand the festival in succeeding years.

“Our ultimate goal is to make it three days or longer,” Thomas said.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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