Food, fun to abound at Mt. Pleasant Glass Festival

| Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Three days of fun, three days of food and three full days of festivities are once again planned for this year Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic festival that will take place Friday through next Sunday.

The festival again will be held in and around Veterans Park, and it will also cover parts of Washington and Diamonds streets as the over 100 vendors fill the streets for another great event.

“We have another great festival planned for this year,” Festival committee co-chairman Jeff Landy said. “As always, we strive to bring a good combination of old and new to the festival, keeping the folks who like some of our past acts happy while also introducing new things for everyone to enjoy.”

The festival will again offer continuous live entertainment, with several acts performing simultaneously at different parts of the festival grounds.

“We started having the different bands at the same time years ago,” Festival committee co-chair Jerry Lucia said. “it's not a conflict in the sound because they are on opposite areas of the festival, but it does offer people a choice in what they want to listen to. They can hear country music maybe in one part and rock ‘n' roll at another stage. Just another one of our ways of keeping our visitors coming back year after year.”

More than 100 craft and display vendors will be at the event, and numerous different food vendors in addition to area nonprofit groups will offer cuisine in abundance.

“People love the food,” Lucia said. “We have a lot of great ethnic food and then also traditional fair food that people like.”

The festival committee works all year to bring together the weekend event, working toward hosting a special weekend every year.

“We have a really good group on our committee,” Committee member Marie Dawson said. “Everyone really does work good together and everyone works hard to bring the festival to the community.”

With record crowds filling the streets in the past few years, the festival committee knows that they must keep the crowds happy with different things for all family members to enjoy.

“Our parade is always really well-attended, and we just have a lot of things for everyone,' Lucia said.

The festival also will again feature displays and demonstrations, contests and events.

This year, several members from the popular “Dance Moms” will be visiting the festival.

“We are really excited that the ‘Dance Moms' will be joining us,” Landy said. “They will be guest judges at the festival pageant then they will be here for the parade.”

Shuttle services will again be offered for those who may not wish to seek parking in the area and the festival will be welcoming back live glass-blowing demonstrations for the first time in many years.

“We used to have a glass blower every year but we haven't for the past several years, so we are really excited to have the Hot Glass Roadshow coming this year,” Landy said.

The festival will again feature Sparkle Spectacular, which is a music and light synchronized show, dancers, the mascot race, speed painting and much much more.

“It's three days of fun, and definitely something for everyone,” Lucia said.

The festival will be open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 29.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trtib Total Media.

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