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Autumn Mum Festival takes root in Downtown Connellsville

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 8:48 p.m.
Downtown Connellsville Committee members who are busy planning the Fourth Annual Autumn Mum Festival to be held Saturday are, from left: 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.

Downtown Connellsville will present the Fourth Annual Autumn Mum Festival from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday.

It has become a way for folks to buy the beautiful mums for their at-home decorating, while enjoying a day of activities in town.

An array of artisan and craft vendors will 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.

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 who will sell 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, and this year will feature The German Band from 10-11:30 a.m., The Del Sols from 12-2 p.m. and Branded in PA from 3-5 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 Committees. “A couple of new features this year will be a ‘Fall Decorating with Mums' contest by various organizations and social clubs as well as a car show.”

The car show will take place on 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,” said Bill Coleman, organizer. “We are looking for old cars, unusual cars, hot rods, etc.”

Another new feature this time will be a Mum Decorating Contest. The cost to participate is $125, which includes 30 potted mums plus a tent. Additional mums can be purchased.

Nonprofit 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. Participants must register in advance. For more details and payment options call or email Patrick Stefano at 724-277-8374, pstefano@stefanosprinting.

The weekend begins as the St. Rita Christian Mothers will sponsor Nationality Day from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday 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 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Church Social Hall. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children younger than 10.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries also will open Saturday. 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,” said Judy Eans, Downtown Connellsville promotions committee member. “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,”

The rain date for the event is Sunday.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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