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Popular Penn Township festival returns

| Friday, Sept. 17, 2010

Penn Township's Fall Festival was so busy last year that by the end of the weekend, many vendors had run out of food.

Citing that as an indication of the event's growing popularity, festival committee co-chairman Mike Ginsburg expects this year to be even better.

Penn Township's fourth annual Fall Festival will run Friday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

"There's a little bit for everybody in the family," Ginsburg said.

Penn-Township's 150th anniversary in 2005 was the largest festival held to date, Ginsburg said, but this year's event rivals its size. The committee has booked about 63 booths - 11 more than last year - and continues to accept registrations this week.

"This is really a chance to bring together all of the volunteer organizations that make this a strong community," Ginsburg said.

Visitors will have plenty of food choices, with local organizations and municipal departments bringing in everything from pizza, ribs and tacos to fried Twinkies.

Ginsburg said there also are more craft vendors this year, giving shoppers opportunities to buy locally made jewelry, hand-painted sports memorabilia, home decorating items and more.

Saturday's events begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade from Community United Methodist Church in Harrison City to Warrior Stadium. More than 50 groups, including the Penn-Trafford High School marching band and the Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps will participate.

Classic cars, the Kennywood trolley and local organizations will share the parade route with U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-18) and state Sen. Kim Ward (R-39).

Ginsburg said that while the festival events are sure to draw a crowd, the township is not expecting any problems with parking.

Parking is available in the municipal lot at the upper fields and at Penn-Trafford High School. First Student Bus Services will provide shuttle service between the municipal building and the high school.

Walnut Street will be restricted to one-way traffic heading to the municipal complex both nights.

There's no way to tell how many people will attend the festival, Ginsburg said, but last year about 2,000 people attended on Saturday. Ginsburg expects more this year.

"There's nothing else like it in the area," he said. "The reputation we're building here is wonderful. Everyone looks forward to this, and we have more of everything this year."

For a full list of vendors and sponsors, see www. penntownshipfallfestival. com.

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