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Perryopolis committee alters bicentennial celebration dates

| Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 12:11 a.m.

Perryopolis Area Bicentennial Committee has changed the date of its 2014 celebration.

Bicentennial festivities will be June 26, 27 and 28 — with a possible Community Day on June 29, said Chairwoman Kathleen Kifer.

The celebration initially was set for July 4.

Kifer said the Fourth of July, over the years, has become too busy to schedule the celebration.

“Vendors are just too busy then, and it was getting hard,” she said.

Kifer said the executive committee thought the change in dates, which will now coincide with the firemen's carnival, would work better for everyone.

The committee is currently discussing placement of vendors and entertainment at either the town circle or Sampey Park.

“We have to be able to control the flow of the crowd,” committee member Ron Lombard said. “We need to have the vendors where the crowds are.”

The committee is also still deciding when vendors can set up and how long they can participate.

Letters will be sent to sponsors seeking contributions. Businesses will be asked if they would like to purchase banners.

Committee member Noreen Halvonik is preparing a grant, which would be submitted to the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau for marketing. It could be used for advertising on billboards, newspapers, radio, and television.

James Newmeyer is designing a new website that will focus solely on the event and the history of the town.

Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.

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