Dunbar Community Fest keeps with ornament fundraiser
The Dunbar Community Fest is a fun and festive event that has become a wonderful and entertaining tradition in the Fay-West area.
Scheduled for Sept. 28 this year, the festival will feature plenty of entertainment and activities. Once again to help fund the community celebration, the Dunbar Community Fest committee has designed a special brass keepsake ornament that will be sold as a fundraising project starting on Memorial Day.
“We sold mugs for 10 years and just decided a person can only collect so many mugs,” Dunbar Fest Committee chair Cindy Moag said. “We thought that a keepsake ornament would be a nice idea.”
The group introduced its ornament idea last year with a collectible that depicted the town's honor roll.
“People liked those ornaments and have been asked about what we are going to do this year,” committee member Linda Rechenberg said.
Taking into consideration that the town of Dunbar has always been synonymous with trains, the group decided to have this year's ornament carry a train theme. The committee commissioned artist Tom Pollard of Pittsburgh to design an ornament depicting the B&O Railroad station that once stood in the heart of the town.
The artist was given a photograph from the “Images of America: Dunbar” book that was a fundraiser for the Dunbar Historical Society.
“They did a wonderful job with this ornament,” Moag said. “The attention to detail is just amazing.”
The ornaments will be sold in the Dunbar Historical Society offices.
“This ornament is the second in a limited series, and we hope that people will want to collect all of the series,” Moag said. “It's something nice to have and also something nice to purchase as a gift.”
The ornaments will be $12.95, and all proceeds will go to the Dunbar Community Fest.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.