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4th annual Mum Festival planned

| Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
Nancy Henry | For the Daily Courier
Downtown Connellsville Committee members who are busy planning the 4th Annual Autumn Mum Festival to be held Sept. 7. From left are Daniel Cocks, Judy Eans and Michael Edwards. Dozens of vendors, including those selling food, will be participating. Children will create a fun project that they can take home for no charge at ArtWorks and free musical entertainment will be presented at Lions Square.

Connellsville's 4th annual Mum Festival will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the downtown area.

The festival is sponsored by Downtown Connellsville.

Artisans and craft vendors will line Crawford Avenue downtown.

Crawford Avenue will be closed between Pittsburgh and Arch streets. There is no admission fee to the Autumn Mum Festival.

Among those participating include Jamberry Nails, Thirty One Gifts, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Jewelry, Gutter Helmet Systems, Krafty Kreation, Michael Flaherty, Connellsville Area Community Ministries, FRIENDS of the Carnegie Free Library, and Connellsville Area Garden Club.

Armstrong will be set up.

Food vendors include CAHS Patriots, Domino's Pizza, Christian Klay Winery, Poppy's Kountry Kettle Korn, CAHS Mighty Falcon Marching Band and Angels of Mercy.

Farms selling fresh produce and other items include Kujawa Farms, L&K Farms, Fay-Penn Buy Local (Duda's) and Buzzy Apiary.

Children will be able to create their own craft to take home, free of charge, at ArtWorks as a part of the festival activities.

The Mum Festival always includes free entertainment at Lions Square. This year it will feature The German Band from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; The Del Sols from noon to 2 p.m.; and Branded in PA from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The day is shaping up to be a terrific event with a great mix of vendors, music and food,” said Michael Edwards, chairman of the Downtown Connellsville committee.

Edwards said this year's event will include a Fall Decorating with Mums Contest with various organizations and social clubs participating.

Nonprofits are invited to show their pride in Connellsville and get some great exposure for their organization. The cost to participate is in the Fall Decorating with Mums Contest is $125 which includes 30 potted mums plus a tent. Additional mums can be purchased.

The groups will create their display on Crawford Avenue at Pittsburgh Street, with set up to begin at 9 a.m. and finish by 11 a.m. The Downtown Connellsville Committee will judge to decide the winner. Those who have committed to participate so far are the Rotary Club of Connellsville and Business and Professional Women of Connellsville. Participants must register in advance. For more details and payment options call or email Patrick Stefano at 724-277-8374,

There will be a car show, held in the H&R Block parking area on Crawford Avenue in downtown.

“We would like to have about 20 to 25 cars. If anyone is interested in showing their car they can call me at 724-322-6600. We are looking for old cars, unusual cars, hot rods, etc.,” said Bill Coleman, organizer.

As the weekend of fun begins the St. Rita Christian Mothers will sponsor Nationality Day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the social hall of St. Rita Roman Catholic Church on First Street. Featured will be a spaghetti dinner, a large variety of favorite Italian dishes, pizza, a bake sale and more. For take-out orders, call 724-628-5119.

The Holy Name Society of Immaculate Conception Church is holding a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast during the Mum Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 in the church social hall. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children under the age of 10.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries will open on Sept. 7 as well. The organization will open the first Saturday of each month thereafter in order to accommodate those who work on weekdays. Everyone at the Mum Festival is invited to shop at the Care & Share Boutique and to take advantage of the low prices offered on clothing, accessories, housewares and more.

“The annual Mum Festival is a great time for families to kick off the fall season. The downtown area is so beautifully decorated with mums and there is so much to do for children and adults. Great music, crafts and food. It's always a good time,” said Judy Eans, Downtown Connellsville Promotions Committee member.

Those attending the event are encouraged to visit the downtown businesses.

Rain date for the event is Sept. 8.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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