Parade of Mustangs to kick off Connellsville's Mum Festival
The 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang will be celebrated with an all-Mustang parade that kicks off the Downtown Connellsville 5th Annual Mum Festival .
Davies Ford of Connellsville and Charleroi will sponsor the Sept. 6 parade. Volunteers are helping to organize it.
“The first 50 people who register their Mustangs to participate in the parade will receive a beautiful, huge poster commemorating the 50th anniversary and listing all 50 Ford Mustangs,” said Bill Coleman, event organizer.
There is no entry fee and no judging.
All cars will line up at 8 a.m. on Race Street — starting from Newmeyer Avenue toward South Connellsville for the Mustang parade, which will begin at 9 a.m.
The cars will proceed north on Race Street, turn left onto Newmeyer Avenue, right onto Pittsburgh Street, travel down Pittsburgh Street to Crawford Avenue, turn right onto Crawford Avenue and turn right into the upper parking lots across from the Elks Club, where they will be on display for as long as the owners desire.
Some drawing prizes will be awarded. A card will be placed on each car listing the owner and year of the vehicle for spectators' information.
Joe Turek, who owns an original Shelby Mustang, is helping to organize the parade. He said his Mustang will be there.
“The folks at Davies Ford have been giving us a lot of assistance and will be at the parade to help with the lineup and at the car-show area,” noted Coleman. “We appreciate their help.”
“The Promotions Committee of Downtown Connellsville was asked about adding a parade to the Mum Festival to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. We thought that having a parade of Mustangs, followed by the parking lot show of the cars, would be another great attraction to the event,” said Michael Edwards of the promotions committee. “We certainly appreciate the support of Davies Ford as the sponsor of the parade. The procession will also include the Connellsville Area High School Marching Band and others.”
The parade is expected to be led by the Motordrome Speedway pace car, with lights flashing. Davies Ford of Connellsville and Charleroi sponsors the pace car used to line up and start the races each Friday at the Smithton track. The local Ford dealership is a longtime supporter of stock-car racing.
“We are excited to bring this first-time event to Connellsville to be a part of the annual Downtown Connellsville Mum Festival,” said Jim Davies, president of Davies Ford. “Everyone is looking forward to seeing a parade of Ford Mustangs, with their classic style from five decades.
“The Ford Mustang is legendary, and for a brand to be popular for all that time is very unusual,” he said. “We want to invite everyone to join us for this 50th anniversary Mustang parade and enjoy every minute. We're trying to arrange to get one of the brand-new, redesigned 2015 Mustangs for the parade, but are not sure yet if that will happen.”
“Without the assistance of many volunteers, these community events couldn't take place,” Edwards said. “We are thankful for all of their help. We encourage all Mustang owners to participate in this special event and invite everyone to come out and line the parade route prior to the 9 a.m. start on Saturday, Sept. 6, then attend the Mum Festival in downtown.”
Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.