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Kecksburg Festival features parade, contests, fun

| Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

Kecksburg VFW will be holding its annual Old Fashioned Days and UFO festival Saturday and Sunday on the fire station grounds in Kecksburg. The festival will feature a parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by the bucket brigade contest at 3 p.m. The bed race is returning and will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday. The 7 p.m. burn-out contest will end Saturday's events. Sunday will feature a car cruise from noon to 5 p.m., a 1 p.m. hot dog eating contest and at 2 p.m., there will be free lectures and demonstrations given by UFO expert and researcher Stan Gordon.

The writing talents of Mark Hofmann will again hit the stage at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale this weekend when the theater presents "High School Reunion Rewrite," an original dinner-theater show written by Hofmann. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. All tickets will be $25. For reservations or information call 724-887-0887.

There will be auditions for the musical "Annie" from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. All parts are open. Anyone interested must bring music and be prepared to sing 16 to 32 bars of music, read and dance. Any young girl interested in the role of Annie must have a legitimate "belting" voice. The auditions will be held in the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale.

Speaking of Scottdale, the annual Scottdale Fall Festival will take place this weekend, featuring great fun, food and entertainment.

The Mt. Pleasant Church of God will offer a free community meal from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. The meal will be a chicken dinner.

If you have the opportunity to hit Main Street this week in Mt. Pleasant, check out the front window of Angie's Cafe to see wonderful artwork that was created by local artists. The display will remain for the next two weeks.

There will be a 5K walk/run and a 1-mile walk/run starting at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Kecksburg Festival. Proceeds from both races will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Junior Football League. Registration will be held on site from 6:45 to 7:45 a.m.

Local Girl Scouts will partner with the Mt. Pleasant library to offer a four-week "Fancy Nancy" storytime series. The storytime series is perfect for girls ages 5 to 10. The events will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 2, 9,16 and 23 in the library and will give girls the opportunity to discover the fun of the Fancy Nancy stories while mingling. A tea party will be included. The event is free, but registration is required. For information, call 724-547-3850.

There still is time to enter your baby's photo in the baby contest that will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival. Entrants must be no older than a year as of Sept. 1. Entry forms can be obtained at Frock Daycare and at the borough building. Cut-off for entry is Friday.

The Mt. Pleasant farmers market is being held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays in the parking area behind Levin Furniture. The market features fresh items and will be held through the end of the month. For information, call 724-552-9942.

The genealogy library at the DAR House is open to the public. The library will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays through October.

Curbside recycling is up and running. Items that can be recycled include glass, plastics, cans, newspapers, phone books, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, cardboard that has been folded, bundled and tied, not taped. Remember, no pizza boxes and you must cut up cardboard boxes or they won't be taken. The next recycling dates will be Monday and Tuesday.

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