New layout, more carnival rides and sunshine draws largest crowd to Plum’s Summerfest |

New layout, more carnival rides and sunshine draws largest crowd to Plum’s Summerfest

Michael DiVittorio
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Plum Summerfest had a new layout and more carnival rides this year.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Aubrey Mascaro, 4, of Plum is transformed into a glittery butterfly by Toon Brian artist Dani Kassander of Ambridge.
Michael DiVittorio | Tribune-Review
Volunteer chefs Paul Oravitz and Paul Desabato cook up the “Big Pauly” steak sandwich at Plum’s Summerfest.

More carnival rides and no rain resulted in the largest crowd ever at Plum’s Summerfest.

The borough’s annual community days was rebranded as a festival last year. It had rained profusely the past few installments.

There was nothing but sun shining down upon Larry Mills Park on Fontana Drive this time.

At least 4,000 people participated in the two-day event June 21-22.

It was sponsored by the borough and Plum Rotary. Admission and parking were free.

There was a new layout with multiple attractions from C&L Shows of Mt. Pleasant and fewer vendors.

“I think it’s the most people we’ve had in any year,” Rotary Treasurer Tom Tevis said. “I think it’s the kickoff for the summer. Every year it seems to have gotten better. It’s great to see people come out and have fun. There’s a lot more for people of all ages.”

The company brought a Ferris wheel, Merry-Go-Round, roller coaster, swings and other spinning rides, along with food booths and games.

Aubrey Mascaro, 4, of Plum was painted into a glittery butterfly by Toon Brian artist Dani Kassander of Ambridge.

“She loves tattoos and face paint,” said her mother, Jen Mascaro. “We didn’t come last year because it was raining, but we come just about every year. It’s awesome this year. Much better than previous years, a lot more stuff for the kids. It’s a little hot, but the weather’s good. It’s in the community, so you don’t have to travel really far. My favorite part is just hanging out with family and getting to see our friends that we don’t get to see a lot.”

Erin McCormack of Murrysville was at the park with her sons Austin, 3, and Jordan, 23 months.

“The boys got to ride a couple rides, play a couple games and we’re looking forward to eating,” she said.

Austin said his favorite activity was the firefighter obstacle course.

The course was collaboration with the Plum Fire Chiefs Association. It featured a dummy drag, ladder climb and carry, and squirting water at a fake house fire made of wood and paint. Children also got to meet a Dalmatian and wore a uniform while participating.

“We’re all about community,” Holiday Park Fire Chief Jim Sims said. “This shows we’re part of the community. We talk to the adults and we want them to know we’re your neighbors.”

Local entertainment was organized by Vince Lagrotteria of PVN Productions and Boro TV.

Shows included a hula hoop contest and performance by Kelsey’s Dance and Fitness groups.

“It has been extremely successful,” said Mona Costanza, event coordinator and Rotary president. “The committee couldn’t be happier with the amount of people here. We tried a new layout. It was fantastic. We’ve got nothing but positive feedback … They’re happy. We’re happy and we hope everyone who came out to see us had a good time.”

Other activities included a climbing wall, panning for gems with Lost Creek Mining, an Eat’n Park smiley cookie decorating station and a Plum celebrity pizza making demonstration featuring borough Manager Michael Thomas.

One of the more sought after meals at the festival was a Delmonico steak sandwich with grilled peppers and onions called “the Big Pauly” made by volunteers Paul Oravitz and Paul Desabato.

Plum School District provided shuttle buses to and from nearby Amplify Church to assist with parking.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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