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Brackenridge Improvement Group does big things year ’round, but Sunday was just for fun

Tony LaRussa

Throughout the year, the Brackenridge Improvement Group puts a lot of energy into projects that make the community a better place to live.

And while the nonprofit community development organization is all about riverfront beautification efforts, community cleanups, placing historical markers and welcome signs around town, sometimes it’s just time to cut loose and have a little fun.

BIG held its seventh annual street fair Sunday afternoon along Brackenridge Avenue.

“The street fair is a way for us to bring the community together for a day of entertainment, food and an opportunity for people to mingle with their neighbors,” said Dino Lopreiato, 49, president of BIG. “Enthusiasm for this event has grown over the years, and we feel it’s an important part of what we are trying to do to help boost community spirit.”

This year’s street fair kicked off with a performance by the Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, which marched up and down Brackenridge Avenue with their offbeat take on marching band music.

Visitors had plenty of delicious foods, sweets and cold drinks available from vendors lining the street and there were activities for kids such as making sand art and mask painting.

Money raised from the event is used to support BIG projects during the year.

In June, BIG picked up the cost of restoring a 54-year-old memorial with the names of veterans from both World Wars and the Korean War that had been vandalized.

The group also organizes community cleanups in the spring to mark Earth Day as well as regular sweeps through town to clean up trash.

“The street fair and some smaller raffles and fundraisers we hold during the year are critical to keeping our efforts going,” Lopreiato said. “All of the money we raise is used for the projects we take on.”

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or via Twitter .


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Members of the Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band get down low to entertain Journey Baird, 1, of Brackenridge during the Brackenridge Improvement Group’s seventh annual community street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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Devon Witherut, 13, (left) and Michael Alworch, 14, both of Brackenridge, enjoy the hot sausuage sandwich available at the seventh annual street fair sponsored by Brackenridge Improvement Group on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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Izzi Pawloski, 8, of Gabriel’s Garden helps stack fresh melons during the Brackenridge Improvement Group’s seventh annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. The Sarver-based farm sets up weekly at the farmer’s markets in Tarentum and Lower Burrell.
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Dino Lopreiato, president of the Brackenridge Improvement Group took to the stage to greet residents who came out for the nonprofit development group’s seventh annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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Members of the Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band help get the party started with their offbeat take on marching band music during the 7th annual Brackenridge Improvement Group’s street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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Josh Rice, 16, a junior firefighter with the Pioneer Hose Company in Brackenridge, spins the prize wheel during the Brackenridge Improvement Group’s 7th annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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Ralph Ceccaro, 4, of Brighton Heights, gets a little help from Jessica Manack as he creates some sand art during the Brackenridge Improvement Group’s seventh annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.
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