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Penn Township Fall Festival visitors to see park's upgrades

Joe Napsha
| Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, 3:24 p.m.

A celebration of the completion of the second phase of the $500,000 improvements to the 63-acre Penn Township Municipal Park in Harrison City will be a highlight of the Penn Township Fall Festival, which will be held at the park Friday through Sunday.

The latest phase included construction of basketball, tennis and sand volleyball courts; upgrading playground equipment and landscaping; and improving accessibility for those with disabilities. The park off Walnut Street in Harrison City has baseball fields, a dek hockey rink, dog park, two basketball courts, tennis courts, a football and soccer field, a walking trail, picnic pavilions and a concession stand.

The project to complete the second phase of the park development was financed in 2014 by a $211,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Penn Township covered the balance of the costs.

The grand opening ceremonies will be conducted at noon Saturday at the main stage of the festival, which will include carnival rides, games, food, entertainment, car cruise, parade and fireworks.

“It's a chance for all the organizations and churches in the community to come together,” said Michael Ginsburg, a co-chairman of the festival committee and former Penn Township commissioner.

The parade, a highlight of the festival, will start at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Community United Methodist Church on Route 130 and proceed to the lower parking lot at the Penn-Trafford High School, ending at about 11:30 a.m. The Penn-Trafford High School band, area fire departments, Rescue 6 and Penn Township police are among the units participating.

During the parade, Route 130 will be closed 10 a.m. to noon from the Sandy Hill Road and Pleasant Valley Road intersection with Route 130 to the high school, Ginsburg said.

Actor David Newell, who portrayed Mr. McFeely on the popular children's television show “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,” will be a celebrity guest in the parade. He will sign autographs from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at one of the vendor booths.

A new attraction this year will be monster truck rides. At the “Touch-a-Truck” exhibit in Field 1 on Saturday, youngsters will be able to touch fire trucks, tractors and dump trucks.

Fireworks are scheduled for 10 p.m. Saturday, with a rain date on Sunday night.

A car cruise and show is planned for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the municipal park. All kinds of vehicles can be entered — muscle cars, vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles — for a $5 fee. The Penn-Trafford Area Recreation Commission is sponsoring the car cruise.

A variety of performances by bands and singers will be held all three days.

Visitors can park in the upper parking lot at the municipal complex after 5 p.m. Additional parking is available at St. Barbara Catholic Church parking lot on Friday and Saturday after 5 p.m. and at the Penn-Trafford football field on Saturday. One shuttle bus will run Friday and two will operate on Saturday from the parking lots to the festival site.

The Penn-Trafford Ice Hockey group will assist in parking the vehicles in the municipal complex's upper lot. A $5 donation to the ice hockey group is requested.

For more information, see the Fall Festival website at www.penntwp.org/fall_festival.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or jnapsha@tribweb.com.

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