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Scottdale Fall Festival tradition continues

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By Rachel Basinger
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Two events that have become traditions at the Scottdale Fall Festival will return for the annual weekend festivities.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Scottdale Fall Festival Race, which is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The car show will return to the Rite Aid parking lot on Sunday.

The race began in 1998 with a 5K Run/Walk on a mostly flat course. In 2003 the 10K was added and the 5K was changed to a more challenging course.

In 2004, the start and finish were moved to their present time and location on Pittsburgh Street.

Registration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. on Saturday at the Festival Stage on Stoner Street beside PNC Bank. The entry fee on race day will be $23.

Cash prizes will be awarded.

Race director Charlie Ellis said the committee will offer T-shirts to all participants and fruit and beverages will be served. Participants will also receive a $3 ticket to be used at the food booth.

For more information, call Ellis at 724-887-7899.

Ellis said participation definitely depends on the weather and the numbers fluctuate each year.

“We usually average around 120 participants,” he said. “It's very competitive and a challenging course.”

Ellis said the run is exciting because of the atmosphere brought of the festival.

“We want to promote some healthy living in a fun and competitive atmosphere,” he said.

The annual car show registration will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Sunday.

While the main event is held in the Rite-Aid parking lot, the overflow continues onto Pittsburgh Street.

The actual show takes place from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a donation, and trophies are awarded at 3 p.m. for Best in Show, People's Choice, and the George Santmyer Award (the oldest Ford vehicle).

The disc jockey will be Anderson Production. Returning this year will be an antique motorcycle show in the Graft car lot across Broadway.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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