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Bullskin Township celebrates its heritage

| Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The ninth annual Bullskin Township Heritage and Community Days are set for June 3 and 4.

Members of the Bullskin Township Historical Society are completing plans for the two-day festival. Members have tried to blend together some past favorites with some new booths and events.

The festival will be held at the Bullskin Fairgrounds, located just off Route 982, in Wooddale. Parking is free. There is no admittance fee.

Members are hoping the popular old-fashioned outdoor church service will once again draw visitors. The service features a circuit-riding preacher, who is set to begin the service at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Bullskin Township Lions Club is once again participating in the festival, hosting its annual strawberry festival. Buckets of strawberries and cakes will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Laurel Arts Club will display original paintings that will be hung among antiques. The paintings will be for sale; the antiques are not.

Added to this year's festival is a vintage flea market, to be held both days.

In commemoration of the township's 222nd birthday, the historical society's welcome booth will be set up like an old general store or storefront market place where old-fashioned candies and other items can be purchased.

While some crafters, artists or collectors will have their own booths, the historical society will also sell selected craft items.

For some fun, a dunk tank will be set up. Visitors will have a chance to dunk members of the bands that will be performing.

This historical society believes one of the highlights of this year's event will be the wagon rides to the Mt. Vernon Iron Ore Furnace property, located off Eutsey Road. This is where the historical society has located its meeting place and welcome center.

Two wagons will take visitors from the fairgrounds to the site from 1 to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival this year will also feature a new children's area, a garden tractor pull, a pedal tractor pull, a car show, a semi-truck show, a magic show, a train display, a violin shop and a glass demonstration.

There will be plenty of food and drinks available.

"We have been planning this year's event since immediately after last year's event," said Jean Bowman, historical society member. "The most exciting thing for us this year are the tours to the cabin and Mt. Vernon Iron Ore Furnace. We've wanted to do this for three years, but this is the first time we were able to take the steps to make it happen."

"Members, businesses and organizations of the township really pull together to make this event enjoyable for the whole family," said historical society member Bonnie Brougher. "We want to invite the public to attend in honor of those who have lived in the township day after day, year after year and century after century."

For more information, visit the historical society's Website at www.bullskintownshiphistoricalsociety.org or e-mail questions to bullskinhistory@aol.com.

Saturday's events

= 11 a.m. -- Opening ceremonies and semi-truck show

= Noon to 2:15 p.m. -- Girlz in Black Hats country band

= 2:15 p.m. -- Illusionist Trickster Troy

= 3 to 5:15 p.m. -- Washhouse bluegrass band

= 4 to 7 p.m. -- Bullskin Lions Club strawberry festival

= 5:15 p.m. -- Illusionist Trickster Troy

= 6 p.m. -- Truck show winners and presentation of trophies

= 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. -- Stonee Ridge country band

Sunday's events

= 11 a.m. -- Car show

= 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. -- Back In Time oldies band

= 1 p.m. -- Garden tractor pull

= 1:15 p.m. -- Illusionist Trickster Troy

= 2 p.m. -- Kid's pedal pull contest

= 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. -- The Del Sols oldies band

= 4:15 p.m. -- Kids pedal pull winners and presentation of trophies

= 6 p.m. -- Car show winners and presentation of trophies

= 6:15 p.m. -- Soul Harvest gospel group

= 7 p.m. -- Circuit-riding preacher and community church service; special music during service by Soul Harvest

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