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Export festival marks official opening of Westmoreland Heritage Trail’s 4th phase

Patrick Varine
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The weather was bright and sunny and Washington Avenue was crowded at the 2018 Export Ethnic Food & Music Festival.
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The Trel-Tones perform on the main stage at the 2018 Export Ethnic Food & Music Festival.
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The new section of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail will pass the former Turtle Creek Railroad caboose that has been restored both inside and out by the Export Historical Society.
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Sunlight dapples the Westmoreland Heritage Trail through Murrysville. The fourth phase of the trail, connecting Murrysville and Export, will officially open on Aug. 17, 2019, at a noon ribbon-cutting at the Export Ethnic Food & Music Festival.
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The Mountain Music String Band will perform a set of bluegrass tunes 3:30-5 p.m. at the Export Ethnic Food & Music Festival, Saturday, Aug. 17, on Washington Avenue.
Artist John Santoro, 72, of Export, points out different borough-related elements in the painting he was commissioned to create by the Export Historical Society.

The annual Export Ethnic Food & Music Festival often marks the unveiling of something new and positive for the borough.

“In the past we had the unveiling of the (restored Turtle Creek Valley Railroad) caboose, and last year we unveiled a mural, so it’s really nice to do a little something to show the positive efforts we’re making to have good things come to Export,” said borough Councilwoman Melanie Litz.

This year, borough officials will host a ribbon-cutting at noon during the Aug. 17 festival for the fourth phase of the Westmoreland Heritage Trail, which connects Murrysville to Export.

“I think it’s exciting to have that sort of big event happening,” Litz said. “All of us are thrilled with the response the trail is already getting. For myself, I notice every single day that there are people on the trail. Last Saturday morning, I counted 32 people in less than a mile.”

In addition to the ribbon-cutting for the trail, the festival will feature vendors, food, beer and live music all afternoon on two stages:

The Export Historical Society will also raffle a painting, created by local artist John Santoro, which features past and present elements representing the borough.

Litz can’t wait to see the official opening of the trail.

“We’re excited not just for the ribbon-cutting but for the effect the trail will have on the community as a whole,” she said. “We’re happy it’s happening in conjunction with the festival. It’s a party atmosphere and it’s a fitting time to do it.”

The festival will run from noon to 9 p.m. on Washington Avenue in downtown Export.

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Patrick at 724-850-2862, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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