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Friday festivities kick off Fort Ligonier Days’ diamond anniversary

Jeff Himler
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Caiti Brown, 25, of Cleveland, formerly of Fairfield, sings the national anthem during the opening ceremony of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Diamond Park bandstand.
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Miss Ligonier Jennifer Hiles, a junior at Ligonier Valley High School, addresses the crowd during the opening ceremony of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Diamond Park bandstand. She is flanked by first runner-up Hannah Long (obscured by the flag), and second runner-up Bailey Valentine (at right).
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A crowd gathers for the opening ceremony of Fort Ligonier Days at noon on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at the Diamond Park bandstand in Ligonier.
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Charli Olson of Mt. Pleasant Township celebrates her first birthday by painting a pumpkin with the help of her grandmother, Stephanie Nace of Derry Township, at the St. Michael’s of the Valley Church activity booth during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Trista Klingensmith of Greensburg browses through a wall of personalized teddy bears at the Mary’s Bears vendor booth during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Nancy Burkett of Monroeville is reflected in a mirror as she examines items displayed at the Kate Laine Jewelry vendor booth during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Reenactor Ken Cherry of Butler, portraying a member of Capt. William Trent’s Virginia militia, shows his reproduction of a Brown Bess flintlock musket to Dominick Wege, 11 and Gavin Falbo, 9, both of Derry, at the reconstructed 18th century fort during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Aedan Everson, 2, of Liberty Center, Ohio, walks across the interior of the reconstructed 18th century Fort Ligonier during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Wearing the typical unisex toddler clothes of the period, he was accompanied by his father, reenactor Gabriel Everson.
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Reenactor Gabriel Everson of Liberty Center, Ohio, portraying a corporal in the 60th Regiment of Foot, uses a hatchet to trim stakes for repairing a wattle wall on the fascine battery of the reconstructed 18th century fort during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Members of the 60th Regiment of Foot reenactment unit repair a wattle wall on the fascine battery of the reconstructed 18th century fort during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.
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Reenactor Daniel McMahon of Boston, Va., shows material used to dry ink in colonial days to visitors at the reconstructed 18th century for during the opening day of Fort Ligonier Days on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. McMahon portrays Brig. Gen. John Fobes, who was in command at the fort during the British campaign to seize Fort Duquesne though his health was failing.

Visitors to Friday’s opening of the 60th annual Fort Ligonier Days celebration in downtown Ligonier were greeted by 18th century reenactors, live music, an array of festival fare and crafters from 15 states.

The event, which continues through Sunday, marks the anniversary of a 1758 battle that saw the British troops at Fort Ligonier hold off an assault by foes during the French and Indian War.

Saturday’s schedule includes a parade along Main Street, beginning at 11 a.m., and a 6:30 p.m. concert by Jay and the Americans, followed by a fireworks display.

Slated on Sunday are a 5K run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Ligonier Valley High School, a concert by the Pittsburgh Brass Project at 3 p.m, and Calvary United Methodist Church’s carillon concert, closing the weekend at 5:30 p.m.

The reconstructed Fort Ligonier will be open for tours and a living history encampment 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday and will provide the setting for artillery demonstrations and reenactments of the 1758 battle — at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit www.fortligonierdays.com for more details.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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