Summer Fest in Plum to have more carnival rides, fewer vendors |
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Michael DiVittorio

More carnival rides and fewer vendors will be on hand for the second annual Summer Fest at Larry Mills Park in Plum.

Organizers said more space was allocated to C&L Shows of Mt. Pleasant to incorporate more amusement park-style activities.

A Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and roller coaster are among some of the attractions. More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

Event coordinator Mona Costanza said the borough received a lot of positive feedback from last year’s fest, with most revolving around the rides.

“We’re trying to give C&L as much space as we can because we feel that’s the draw for the community,” she said. “People seem to like those rides. I think we’ll have an increase this year once the word gets out.”

The first of the three days will feature only rides and some food vendors. Discount ride tickets will be available.

The fest officially runs June 21-22 with about 10 food vendors and 13 other booths, including children’s games, Lost Creek Mining’s gems and minerals and informational tents from local organizations.

Other activities include a climbing wall and a firefighter obstacle course made in conjunction with all four borough volunteer fire departments.

“It’s a good opportunity to meet your neighbors and see some friends that they haven’t seen,” Costanza said. “It’s a great family night. It’s free transportation, free parking, free admission. Bring the family out for a relatively inexpensive evening. It’s going to be bigger and better, and we hope the community comes out and enjoys it as much as we do.”

Entertainment is organized by Vince Lagrotteria of PVN Productions and Boro TV. He will serve as emcee and play music throughout the festival.

“With the rides being such a favorite of the people, and with so much more going on at SummerFest, we really wanted to feature the talents of the local youth. We’ve invited a number of local dance companies to participate in this year’s event.”

Kelsey’s Dance and Fitness groups have signed up to perform. No musical acts were booked.

There will be a Plum celebrity pizza making demonstration along with an Eat’n Park smiley cookie decorating station, an on-site ATM and a craft beer booth.

Plum officials will operate a BoroHaps tent featuring information on other Plum events. A Zambelli fireworks display will close out the festival.

SummerFest is the rebranding of Plum’s Community Days.

Costanza said planning for the event began in January.

“We have a good team,” she said. “Everyone pulls together and we get it done. This year, we’re hoping for good weather.”

More information is available on the borough’s website,

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