SummerFest continues tradition of Heritage Days
Though it wasn't Heritage Days, there were plenty of traditions at Ford City's new summer festival, and the Ford City Legacy Group is looking forward to the future.
The group, formed specifically to institute SummerFest, succeeded in bringing together the old and new during its inaugural celebration on July 3 to 6 at Memorial Park.
The event drew inspiration from the much-loved Heritage Days, a Ford City staple that folded in 2013 after a 33-year run. In addition, it pulled in new musicians, vendors and crafters — nearly all with Armstrong County ties.
“It felt a lot like Heritage Days as far as what we had and what we did,” said Ben Dinus, Ford City Legacy Group's chairman.
He wasn't the only one who thought the event was a success.
“For a first year, it wasn't a bad start at all,” said Tom Hrabosky, a longtime Heritage Days organizer. He helped Dinus's group as SummerFest planning progressed.
“It was about being a good citizen and helping them succeed,” he said.
Dinus wants the success to continue.
“There's so much good stuff in the area,” he said. “I don't need to go and get these big names from Pittsburgh or out of state.”
The festival featured popular local rock bands like Slant 6 and longtime favorites like the Jack Tady Polka Band, along with firemen's parade, children's games, a craft area and fireworks.
Dinus and his group look to help the borough succeed, as well.
The organization wants to install permanent electricity in Memorial Park. The addition, Dinus said, could help the borough make extra money. With the proper utilities, he speculated, wedding receptions and other events could be held there.
“As it stands right now, nothing really happens in the park,” he said. “It's a beautiful park, and it deserves to have people use it more.”
Changes won't happen immediately, Dinus admits.
“It's a big expense,” he said. “We won't be able to do that next year. But maybe five years down the road, anybody could come in here and have something beautiful.”
Though big plans are on the back burner, Dinus and company are looking forward to next year's SummerFest. After Legacy Group's first year as a nonprofit, they'll be able to fundraise at the festival with raffles.
In the immediate future, members are looking forward to seeing entries for an amateur photo contest. The contest seeks the best SummerFest photos. Anyone can submit, except for professional photographers.
To Rachel Dinus, Ben's wife and fellow Summerfest organizer, the contest is a chance to see who really made the event a success.
“We want to thank the community for supporting us,” she said. “Without them, there wouldn't have been a festival.”
Julie E. Martin is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1315, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Bradys Bend veteran creates Memorial Day tribute to fallen warriors
- Commissioners pledge $9,300 more to Kittanning revitalization project
- Grant spending to improve homes extended another year in Armstrong
- Police investigating attack on boy near Kittanning Rails to Trails
- Absentee ballots don’t change results in Armstrong commissioners primary
- Kittanning business celebrates renovations in its 43rd year
- Fifth generation last in line for 150-year-old farm in Wayne
- Tight Armstrong commissioner race comes down to absentee votes
- Foxburg festival on tap this weekend
- Ford City Council calls in help to deal with $580K grant default
- Rural Valley students wage ‘war’ to raise money for autism research