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Connellsville Garden Club finalizing plans for Geranium Festival

| Sunday, April 13, 2014, 6:15 p.m.

Connellsville Area Garden Club will hold its 10th annual Geranium Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 in Downtown Connellsville.

Organizers said in honor of the 10th anniversary, there will be several surprises.

DJ Ben Millward will open the festival at 9 a.m. playing popular tunes.

He will provide music for the Princess Contest, scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

“This year we are asking all the former princesses to be present for the contest in celebration of our 10th anniversary,” said Linda Galiardi, contest organizer.

Galiardi would like any former princess who has not been contacted to call her at 724-628-1124.

The pet parade is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Lions Square.

The Wally Gingers Orchestra will play from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. there will be a special event that will not be publicized, said Bev Oppermann of the garden club.

“We are still working on additional events for this special day, but they have not as of yet been finalized,” said Oppermann.

The Porter Theater Battle of the Bands winner, No Loose Endz, a group of 14- and 15-year-old junior high students, will play from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Children will enjoy clowns making balloons and face painting from noon to 2 p.m.

“During the day we will be giving away 10 prizes — a prize for each year,” said Oppermann.

Festival attendees can go to the garden club booth to sign up to win a prize.

“It is hoped that we have ordered enough geraniums so that we will have them for sale the entire day,” said Oppermann.

May 10 is the deadline for vendor signups. Anyone interested in having a booth should contact any member of the garden club or call 724-626-1445.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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