Slight adjustments made to Plum Community Festival
By Karen Zapf
Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 8:27 p.m.
Organizers are going for a different look for the annual Plum Community Festival set for later this month.
Mona Burkhouse, one of the organizers, said changes have been made to two key elements — entertainment and food.
The festival is scheduled for June 21 and 22.
“We have a new model from last year,” said Burkhouse who also is assistant to the borough manager and, as of July 1, is set to become the new president of the Plum Rotary, one of the festival sponsors.
“We are having a couple large (musical) acts and will see how it works.”
The Plum Rotary and the borough have sponsored the festival for the past few years.
The Buffettman and the Fruitcakes, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, and the Michael Christopher Band that plays country-western music are scheduled to perform.
Also, festival-goers will find additional food offerings.
Burkhouse said more outside vendors with an expanded menu are on tap.
Some of the food offerings are to include pulled pork, brisket and chicken, gyros and hot sausage, apple dumplings and homemade potato chips, Burkhouse said.
The festival also will include a variety of informational booths.
Community groups also are involved, Burkhouse said.
The Plum Borough Education Association, which represents Plum's teachers, is set to conduct the children's games section of the festival.
The Plum baseball, football and lacrosse organizations also are involved.
Another change at this year's event is the sale of beer.
Burkhouse said a beer tent will be located near the entertainment area. Patrons will be required to show photo identification and will be required to remain in the tent area while consuming beer.
Games of chance also will be featured in the tent area.
“There's something for everyone,” Burkhouse said.
Tom Tevis, treasurer of the Plum Rotary, said the event costs about $10,000. Organizers thus far have received about $5,200 in sponsorships and donations.
The festival last year registered a slight loss, in part because a thunderstorm canceled the first night's events.
Tevis said Rotary members in the future aim to generate proceeds from the festival to be used for scholarships for high school students and “to give back to the community in other ways.”
The Rotary also envisions expanding the festival to additional days.
“We have to find the sweet spot to make it as successful as possible,” Tevis said.
Burkhouse said officials opted to conduct the festival in June this year instead of July as in previous years in hopes of attracting more people.
Burkhouse said organizers will take off a couple of months after the festival and return to plan for next year.
“We will see how the new model works,” Burkhouse said. “We will look at the crowd and at what organizations take in. Hopefully, we are doing everything right this year.”
Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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