Dunbar Community Fest kicks off on Friday
Dunbar Community Fest committee made final plans Tuesday for the upcoming event this weekend in the borough.
The festival will again feature a large assortment of activities, entertainment and food selections, and remains one of the only festivals in the region to sell annual keepsake mementos of the event.
“We actually started to sell them as a way to get money to start up the festival,” committee member Derwood Dynes said of the coffee mugs that were sold the first 10 years of the festival.
The committee is now selling gold Christmas ornaments, which will depict different scenes in and around Dunbar Borough.
“This is the second in the series,” committee chairwoman Cindy Moag said of the ornament that is a replica of the B&O Station. “We still have a few of the Honor Roll ones that we offered last year, too.”
The committee has planned the event all year. Friday will begin with bluegrass music; Saturday will feature a full day of fun and excitement.
Tickets are available for the crowd-pleasing Dunbar Duck Derby, which will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“I have about 350 sold already, and I usually have 400 sold by fest day,” Dunbar Duck Derby race chairman Linda Rechenberg said. “We'll end up selling 1,000 to 1,200 for sure.”
The Dunbar Community Fest offers food-selling opportunities solely to nonprofit groups in town, allowing them the chance to generate funding for their groups or organizations.
New Life Baptist Church will be manning a booth for the first time, offering a variety of food.
“This will be the first time that we are having an actual booth,” church member Alene Mancini said. “We are about to be chartered and we thought that this would be a really good way to get out into the community and let people know that the church is here.”
In addition to food, the festival will feature barrel train rides, crafters, flea market, Debo the Clown, basket raffles and a petting zoo. There will also be a quilt show, car show, races and music.
“Harmon Morgan will be playing the button box along with the band,” Dynes said of the band, Vibrations Orchestra. “He's 87, and he's from here in Dunbar.”
A Ten Commandments monument will be dedicated 1 p.m. Sunday at the Dunbar Presbyterian Church, in memory of committee member George Myers.
The festival will be held rain or shine.
“Every January, the committee votes,” Moag said. “We vote for sunny and 70 degrees.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.