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Ligonier Days celebrate old-fashioned good time

| Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 8:43 p.m.

Rachel Roehrig, director of the Ligonier Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of Fort Ligonier Days with Jack McDowell and Bill Stablein, says as many as 150,000 people are expected to descend on Ligonier during the three days of festivities.

"For a small town of 1,600 people, it's a huge event," she says. "For many people, it's a homecoming."

Some 150 craftsmen and women will display and sell their creations in three locations in town, according to Roehrig, and musical entertainment will be provided all three days.

One of the crafters, Gloria Broniak of Collier Township, says she and her husband have been attending Fort Ligonier Days for 15 years. This year they will bring an assortment of their hand-carved wooden Santas and other fall pieces to show and sell.

"This is one of our favorite shows," says Broniak, who travels to festivals in five states. "This time of year, with the fall colors, Ligonier's such a wonderful little town," she says, "and the people wait all year to come to 'Fort Days,' as they call it." Additional Information:

Fort Ligonier Days

When: Noon-5 p.m. today

Admission: Fort Ligonier, $7.50; $4.50 for ages 6-14; free for 5 and younger. There is no charge for admission to the crafts area.

Notes: Free bus shuttle service provided all three days from Ligonier Valley High School; craft loop shuttle service will run among the craft display areas. Pets are prohibited in the festival area.

Where: Fort Ligonier and downtown Ligonier, Westmoreland County

Details: 724-238-4200 or online

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