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Fayette County Fair nears kick-off

| Monday, July 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Fayette County Fair starts on Thursday and is jam-packed with things to do through the 10 days. Entertainment includes The Swon Brothers, Frankie Ballard, Abilene, The Fabulous Hubcaps, The Clarks and much more. There are the pig races, demo derbies, agriculture exhibits and, of course, all that tasty fair food. Wednesday is the last day to buy advance tickets at Armstrong, Davies or visit

• The Appalachian Juice Co. has opened at 806 W. Crawford Ave., across from Spotto's Hardware. The business is locally owned, and you will be warmly greeted by one of the five owners. Everything on the menu is made fresh every day with locally grown products. The menu is healthy and delicious. I've already been there a few times. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays.

• DeMuth Florist is having a “Christmas in July” sale; stop by and see all the nice items on display.

• Also, Connellsville Area Community Ministries is holding a “Christmas in July” sale with 50 percent off all items in the regular boutique (excluding furniture). There is a room filled with Christmas items at deeply discounted prices.

• There are 118 reservations for Savor The Avenue on Aug. 16 — limited additional seating has been made available at Lynn's Pub and Grill and El Canelo Mexican Restaurant. This open-air dining event is held at the longest table in Fayette County in the middle of Crawford Avenue. Reservations are required; contact the restaurant of your choice this week.

• It is time to register for Finley's Fighters 10K run/5K run/walk, half-mile fun run and picnic to be held Aug. 16 at Yough Park. It is very important that this year's event be a big success, so please plan to join the fun. Finley is losing her eyesight to a very rare genetic disease, and all the proceeds from this event go to the RDH12 Fund For Sight. To download a form and mail it, visit If you want to sign up online and pay by credit card, visit

• Be sure to stop by the farmers market in downtown Connellsville on Saturday mornings. Summer will go by fast, and soon it will be over for another year.

• Breakneck Church of God will hold its annual flea market and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at the Fellowship Hall, 816 Breakneck Road. Breakfast will be served each day from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Menu includes eggs, bacon or sausage, toast and coffee, all for $3.50. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Aug. 1 and 10 a.m. until noon Aug. 2. There will be lima bean soup, vegetable soup, cabbage and noodles, barbecue ham and hot dogs with or without sauerkraut. Pastries will be available for takeout. Come out for breakfast, do some shopping and have lunch. For more information, call 724-628-9738 or 724-628-3327.

• The fourth annual Walk for PKD in Memory of Chuck Bryner will take place at Yough River Park on Aug. 2. Polycystic Kidney Disease is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases. There is no treatment or cure. The Walk for PKD is the PKD Foundation's largest annual fundraising event; these funds make up a third of the group's annual budget for research. Join the walk as a participant, volunteer or donor. Questions or comments can be directed to Janet Bryner at 724-434-4821.

• Shallenberger Pools is closing, and there are chemicals, parts and equipment for sale. There is only a short time left, so if you need anything, stop out now.

• The Lions Square Sunday concert was canceled on July 13 because of severe weather warnings, but the Lions have rescheduled The Del Sols for 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 to open for Harold Betters — won't that be fun? It is the night before the Labor Day holiday, so plan to bring friends and spend time listening to terrific music while celebrating the end of summer with refreshments from the Lions concession stand. This Sunday, the band to perform from 7 to 9 p.m. is Nashville Past. There is no admission charge.

• It is hard to say goodbye to someone who seemed larger than life. Bill Minick passed away recently. He will be missed by his family and many people. He was a dedicated horseman with a big heart and a big presence in Bullskin, at the fair and anywhere else his travels and talents took him.

• Conn-Area Catholic School is selling a calendar ticket for August. There are 31 chances to win in August with a total of $2,500 in cash prizes awarded. Each ticket has two three-digit numbers and is drawn on the 7 p.m. Pennsylvania Daily Number. Tickets are $10 each. To purchase a calendar ticket, call the school office at 724-628-5090.

• Animal SnipPets will hold a Coach purse party from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at the DL&V Fire Department fire hall with giveaways every 10 minutes. It is like a gun bash, and all of the purses are authentic. Many are from the Coach Outlet at Washington, Pa., and come with a gift receipt that you can use to exchange if you don't like the one you won! Others are from Most of the purses on the ticket are large, and many are leather. The Chinese auction will include Coach items, such as wristlets and sunglasses. Each ticket has two numbers, and you can look at it on Facebook. Tickets are $25. Only 500 will be sold. You do not have to be present to win. Included is a spaghetti dinner that includes dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Call 724-366-4455 for tickets. Limited tickets may be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit this nonprofit organization.

• Jacobs Creek Watershed Association invites everyone to the Riffle Run Golf Scramble at Donegal Highlands Golf Course Sept. 12. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with tee-off at 8:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for these dates: Friday, Movie “Mary Poppins” at East Park; Sunday, Nashville Past performs at Lions Square; Aug. 1 and 2, Breakneck Church of God flea market; Aug. 2, walk for PKD; Aug. 3, Tane Lynne & Total Package performs at Lions Square; Aug. 10, Animal SnipPets Coach purse party and Outpost performs at Lions Square; Aug. 16, Finley's Fighters race and Savor The Avenue; Aug. 15 to 16, Prophetess Denise Minyard at By Faith Ministries; Aug. 17, Sugar Mountain performs at Lions Square; Aug. 20, Connellsville Wednesday Walk; Aug. 23, Bike with Bud's; Aug. 24, Gingers Orchestra performs at Lions Square; Aug. 23, Falcon Foundation night golf; Aug. 31, Lions Square finale with the The Del Sols opening for Harold Betters.

Nancy Henry is a Connellsville resident.

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