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Holiday atmosphere prevails in Leechburg

| Monday, July 6, 2009

The third annual Christmas in July celebration promises to be stellar this year as the event's sponsor, the Leechburg Area Community Association, will team with the town's fire department carnival running Tuesday through Saturday.

"The firemen approached us and said 'Why don't we do this together?' " says Rosemarie DiCola, secretary of the Leechburg Area Community Association. "It's working out because all of us are trying to promote Leechburg."

The Rev. Gary Lyon, who is a member of the fire department and the Leechburg Creates Arts group, says both groups are working toward the same goal. "They are business-oriented, and we work in public safety. We are both out there with the public trying to provide entertainment and community time for the people of the Leechburg area."

Combining the events in the same area -- the fire department's property along the Kiski River between First and Second streets -- will provide a range of entertainment options from bingo to live music to kids' rides to fire eating.

"We haven't had anything like this in many, many years," says Lyon, a 20-year borough resident.

Events during the week will include a parade through town on Saturday and the local business tour, the "Reindeer Route" store crawl during the five-day community extravaganza. "We're hoping to draw people from other communities so they can see that Leechburg is a great place," DiCola says.

DiCola's group, Leechburg Area Community Association, added live music every evening during the festival. In addition, the association wants to create buzz on local artists and is working with its sister group, Leechburg Creates Arts, to present an art show on Saturdayat 1 p.m. in Designs on Market, an antiques store at 163 Market St. The Reindeer Route -- which now includes 11 stores and businesses -- will offer prizes such as $100 worth of meat from Sprankle's market, an iPod shuffle and more.

The third annual Christmas in July celebration will start Tuesday.

Events schedule:

• "Reindeer Route" store crawl continues until Saturday. Stop in Sprankle's market in the Leechburg Plaza next to the Leechburg Bridge or other local stores for details.

• Carnival opens weekdays at 7 p.m. at the fire department's site along the Kiski River, between First and Second streets.

• Bingo weekdays Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m. at the Leechburg fire department's social hall at 268 Canal St.

• All live entertainment will be staged at the fire department's site along the Kiski River, between First and Second streets.

• Other scheduled events at the fire department's site along the Kiski River unless noted otherwise:

Daily events:

Tuesday : Larry Belli and the Mercs at 7 p.m.

Wednesday: "On with the Show" presented by "Leechburg Creates Arts" at 7 p.m.

Thursday: Gibbon's Big Band, 7 p.m.

Friday: Fire eating show, 8 p.m. and fireworks, 10:30 p.m.

Saturday: Classic cars at the Leechburg VFW, 128 Market St. Local Artists Gallery Show at Designs on Market at 1 p.m., 163 Market St.

Leechburg open house at properties throughout the borough showcased by local realtors.

Juggling Show, 1 p.m.

Leechburg Area School District open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at 210 Penn Ave. in Leechburg.

Craft vendors, 11 a.m. along Market Street Parade through town, 3 p.m.

Carnival opens at 4 p.m. Bingo at 8 p.m.

Additional Information:

Leechburg celebration

What: Christmas in July and the Leechburg Volunteer Fire Department carnival

When: Tuesday-Saturday

Where: Various locations in Leechburg

Admission: free.

Details: Online

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