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Apollo Moon Landing celebration starts Monday

| Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Kittanning Firemen's Band will present a “Concert in the Park” on Monday as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the start of the 36th Annual Apollo Moon Landing Celebration. The concert will be held in Owens Grove at the Joshua J. Henry Memorial Gazebo and is sponsored by Murphy's Music Center of Leechburg.

State Rep. Jeff Pyle will present a Citation from the PA House of Representatives as a commendation to the Apollo Moon Landing Celebration for providing a community celebration, rich in history and family tradition. The Armstrong County American Legion Honor Guard will present the American flag colors for the National Anthem and local, county and state officials will be on hand to welcome and greet the public.

The Annual Apollo Moon Landing Celebration is under the auspices of Apollo Fire Department, Hose Company No. 2. The weeklong celebration begins Monday and continues through Saturday, July 23 at Owens Field, and features Swanks Steel City Shows, an extraordinary midway of amusement rides, games and food concessions.

The celebration focuses on promoting a family-oriented atmosphere, including special discounts for carnival rides on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Nightly entertainment will be presented and Zambelli International will present a ground and aerial fireworks extravaganza on Friday, beginning at 10:30 pm. at Owens Field.

The fireworks will be dedicated to the United States military in honor of all men and women who sacrificed their lives, served in the military or continue to serve the country.

The Apollo Moon Landing Commemorative Patch will be unveiled by Gary Gardner, designer of the patch and a life member of Apollo Hose Company No. 2.

The Apollo Moon Landing Committee will host evening concerts at the Joshua J. Henry Memorial Gazebo, Owens Grove, beginning at 7 p.m. The Gibbon's Big Band will perform on Tuesday and the Kiski Valley Community Band will perform on Thursday, July 21. The Thursday night concert is sponsored by Kiski Valley Uniforms and Supply and Fox's Pizza, Leechburg. All concerts are free and open to the general public.

COMCAST is the first major corporate sponsor of the Apollo Moon Landing Celebration and will have a live interactive mobile unit at Owens Field. Gerald Medice Funeral Home and Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. are major corporate sponsors of the celebration. Other community business sponsors include Schreck RV, Watterson State Farm Insurance, Murphy's Music Center, Kiski Valley Uniforms and Supply, and Leechburg Fox's Pizza.

Glenn Bush Ford, Inc. is recognized as the “2005 Good Neighbor” for its outstanding cooperation for 35 years, as a community business located adjacent to Owens Field, Route 56, where the weeklong celebration activities and fireworks display have a direct impact on their property and business. School, church and community organizations will sponsor food or concession/game stands. The Apollo Area Pool and Regional Recreation Authority will operate the Main Food Booth/ Kitchen this year. Apollo Hose Com-pany 2 Ladies Auxiliary will sponsor the cake stand and the celebration committee will sponsor the annual raffle, nightly entertainment, fireworks, and management of community sponsored booths.

Sponsored booths include: North Apollo Church of God, Apollo Bible Presbyterian Church, Apollo First Lutheran Church, Apollo-Ridge Touchdown Club, Apollo-Ridge Basketball Boosters, Oklahoma Fire Department and Rainbow Emergency Communications Operations.

John H. Shaeffer, chairman emeritus, encourages the general public to attend the Moon Landing Celebration next week for family fun and enjoyment.

“The 36th Annual Celebration promises to be among the best with wholesome activities for children and families. Come out and enjoy a summer evening of fun with your family,” he said.

Apollo Area residents are asked to display American flags at homes and businesses throughout the week and encouraged to visit the Apollo Area Historical Society, North Second Street, which has Apollo Moon Landing memorabilia on display from NASA and past celebrations.

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