Dunbar Community Fest offers full day of fun
The last Saturday in September in the town of Dunbar has become the town's unofficial homecoming event, as scores of former residents return to the area to take part in the Dunbar Community Fest.
Now, with a dozen years under their belt, fest committee members feel that they have a nice event that attracts new visitors as well as old friends of the town.
“We have a lot of people who used to live around here come home that weekend, so it's almost like a reunion,” fest committee chair Cindy Moag said. “It's a way for people to see old friends and spend time with family while also enjoying the festival.”
The fun and entertainment will begin on Friday evening with bluegrass music from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the festival site in the heart of Dunbar.
Events returning to the fest include the Saturday Red Dress and 5K run and walk, the bicycle poker run, the big parade and the Dunbar Duck Derby.
“We've been selling a lot of tickets,” Duck Derby Chair Linda Rechenberg said of the derby that takes place in Dunbar Creek and runs through the center of activities. “The race has really, really gotten popular. People just line up all along banks to watch, and of course we always hope the creek has lots of water in it to make it fun.”
The fest committee will be offering its newest collectable, an ornament that shows the old B&O Railroad station, which is the second in the series, and Dunbar Historical Society will be releasing its second book on the town, titled “Dunbar and Its Neighbors.”
The fest will feature the Kennywood Trolley, Zumba, the Dunbar pageant, the kiddie barrel train, a petting zoo, airbrush artists and lots of basket raffles.
The festival will once again offer its hundreds of visitors the best in food selections, prepared by area nonprofit organizations and groups.
“We do not have any outside food vendors,” Rechenberg said. “All of our food is made locally.”
A special event this year will be the unveiling of the Ten Commandments Monument that will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Dunbar Presbyterian Church.
The monument is in memory of George Myers, who was a founding member of the fest.
“We want to invite everyone to attend the unveiling,” Moag said.
This year, the Saturday events will wind down with the annual Dunbar Skit at 6 p.m.
“We used to end the fest with music, but we are having the music then the skit this year,” Moag said of the production that is an original play. “The skit is always fun and something people look forward to.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.