Newest Dunbar Community Festival ornament is now available
The Dunbar Community Festival planning committee has gotten the newest community ornament made and it's ready for sale. Last year the group came up with the idea to have an ornament made of something significant to the borough and sell it as a fundraiser for the Dunbar Community Festival.
The first ornament featured the Dunbar Veterans Honor Roll. This year the ornament features the B&O Railroad station that was located near the center of town at one time.
The ornament, which is just $12.95, will be on sale at the Dunbar Historical Society on Memorial Day and will be on sale at other times at the borough office, the post office or from festival committee members.
Committee member Cindy Moag said Dunbar is known as a train town and committee member Dennis Morrison said there used to be at least 10 trains a day that would go through Dunbar, including freight and passenger trains.
The information on the ornament was supplied by Jay Miller of North Carolina whose grandfather, Joe Miller, worked at the station at one time.
Committee member Linda Rechenberg said the committee still has a few honor roll ornaments from last year available for sale.
The community festival is scheduled for Sept. 28, but planning is well under way.
While Sept. 28 is the official festival day, there will be a free concert Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. under a tent set up in the center of town that will feature bluegrass group Perry Russell and the Dunbar Boys.
On festival day there will be dozens of different activities, including a 5K race, a parade, a children's pageant, a kiddie train, a petting zoo, a quilt display, a car show, entertainment by oldies group The Vibrations, and a duck derby.
Moag said the goal every year is to exceed 1,000 plastic ducks racing down the river and so far the committee always reached that goal.
All of the food is provided by local churches or civic organizations and there is no alcohol.
“It's just a good day for families,” Moag said.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.