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Pleasant Hills Community Day features homegrown talent

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Residents and local businesses are bringing the “community” to Pleasant Hills Community Day.

The Aug. 10 festivities will highlight local entertainment and vendors, including Rockin' Bob's Disc Jockeys and Big Girl's BBQ.

“Without the contributions of the residents and some businesses, this event wouldn't be possible,” said Joe Esper, who serves as the council representative on the Community Day planning committee.

Mayor Warren Bourgeois will serve as this year's grand marshal. He was selected because of his extensive involvement in the community. After 16 years as mayor, Bourgeois is not running for re-election.

He also served as the finance chairman for eight years and president of council for four years.

“It's a very satisfying feeling to be grand marshal in Pleasant Hills,” Bourgeois said. “I appreciate everyone that has helped me be mayor over the past several years.”

The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. from the Pleasant Hills Community Presbyterian Church, 199 Old Clairton Road. The route will continue down Old Clairton Road onto Gill Hall Road to the heart of the festival at Mowry Park.

Local organizations, including the Pleasant Hills Lions Club, Arboretum and Thomas Jefferson cheerleaders, will have booths set up in the park for residents to visit, play games and purchase snacks. Favorites such as ring toss and corn hole will be back this year.

“The emphasis is on community,” Bourgeois said. “That's the most important part.”

Local dance and karate groups will take the stage beginning at 1 p.m. Miranda Zarlino, a Thomas Jefferson student, will sing. Tres Lads, sponsored by Bootay Bevington & Nichols, will cap off the live entertainment at 7:30 p.m.

The band sponsorship allowed the borough to provide more children's attractions this year, including an inflatable slide from noon to 4 p.m. and a petting zoo from 3 to 6 p.m., Esper said. Fireworks are at 9:45 p.m.

Esper said he hopes for another successful event but realizes that in the end, it's out of his hands.

“Last year's Community Day was the best that I could remember in recent years,” he said. “We hope to build on that success. There is no real magic to it; the weather needs to be nice.”

Brittany Goncar is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or bgoncar@tribweb.com.

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