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Plum Creek Park to host two new borough recreation events this month

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, 11:06 a.m.

Plum officials want to take a big swing at some new recreation activities this month.

The borough’s inaugural Fall Fest and home run derby are set for Sept. 29 at Plum Creek Park.

The derby starts and 11 a.m. with the festival open at noon.

“We’re trying to increase community events for the residents in Plum,” Borough Manager Michael Thomas said. “We started with bringing back Community Days, which is now Summer Fest. We added the movie series and the Halloween movie night. We added Christmas at Plum Creek. With the fishing tournament in the spring, we’re trying to make sure that we get people out in the community and utilize the parks. The goal is to make all these things free other than the food and drink.”

Fall Fest will be similar to an Octoberfest with craft beers, ciders and other beverages, a variety of games, a pumpkin patch, bobbing for apples, Dad’s Pub & Grub food truck and goodies from the Oakmont Bakery.

There will be a big screen to watch college football, and Thomas will be cooking hot dogs, sausages and other grilled meats.

He expects at least 500 to 700 people to participate.

The derby will be split into three divisions: younger than 14, 14- to 17-year-olds, and 18 and older alumni.

Councilman Mike Pastor suggested the idea.

“I thought it would be a good idea to raise money for the (Plum Baseball & Softball) Association,” he said.

Bats will be provided by sports equipment manufacturer DeMarini.

Pastor said he hopes at least 50 or 60 people sign up and go to the festival afterward.

“I think it’s a really cool idea,” he said. “The more community events we have, the more tight-knit and livable the community becomes. You have people from different neighborhoods getting to know each other, doing stuff together and having a good time.”

More information about the derby, including how to register, will be posted at pbsasports.net.

More information about Fall Fest will be posted at plumboro.com.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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