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BROWNSVILLE, Pa. – Drawing on a strong sense of community spirit, elected officials, civic leaders and local business people are expanding the offerings at this year's Brownsville Community Festival and Ducky Race, slated for Aug. 4.
"It's growing every year," says Jack Lawver, Brownsville Borough council president. "We've had more support this year from the community than ever before to keep this going and make it a success."
It is the third year for the community festival and fourth for the Ducky Race, which started as a fund raiser for the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corp. and then blossomed the following year into a much larger event with the borough and Blueprint Communities Committee joining in as co-sponsors.
The staging ground is the downtown's historic Snowdon Square for the majority of activities. The Ducky Race, as is customary, will be held at Brownsville Riverside Wharf, where hundreds of yellow ducks are dropped from the Inter-County Bridge. The first three ducks to float across the finish line will win a weekend in Pittsburgh, $200 Dick's Sporting Goods gift card or a stack of gift cards valued at $100. The ducks are now on sale for $5 each at BARC's office, located at 69 Market St., and can be purchased at the festival prior to the 3:30 p.m. race.
Throughout the day, Snowdon Square will be bustling with activity as community organizations come together along with a diverse mix of vendors, musical performances and free children's activities, including face painting. Additional activities will be held at the Market Street Academy & Performing Arts Center, one of the anchors for the downtown business district. This year's community festival will conclude with a free Music on the Mon show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the square.
"This is a community effort to bring everyone together and build community spirit," says Brownsville Mayor Lester Ward.
The community festival has become the grand finale to a week of homecomings for alumni, family gatherings and the Brownsville Firemen's Community Picnic at Kennywood Park, which is marking its 99th year Aug. 2. The Brownsville picnic holds the distinction of being the second longest running event in the park's history.
Brownsville's Aug. 4 events kick off with the 17th annual Falcon 5K at Brownsville Area High School. On-site registration opens at 7 a.m.; the race gets under way at 9 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to the overall top three male and female walkers and runners of the 12 age categories. To register in advance at a discounted fee, contact Ed Gursky of Brownsville or Tricia Rohlf at the high school before July 29. Proceeds benefit the Brownsville Cross Country Boosters.
Following the Falcon 5K, the activity swings downtown. Vendors will open booths at 11 a.m. A community parade is scheduled to start at noon, featuring local fire trucks and emergency vehicles from at least 20 companies. The route will wind down Market Street, circle around town and stop near Snowdon Square. Also participating will be BASD's marching band, dance troupes, cheerleading squads, 5K runners and winners and a festive array of costumed characters. A panel of judges will select winners for a variety of trophies, including the best decorated fire truck.
To participate as a vendor or join in the parade, contact the mayor's office at 724-785-3363.
Aug. 4's tentative schedule is:
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – 5K Race at Brownsville Area High School
11 a.m. – Booths open for business in Snowdon Square
Noon – Community parade
1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Entertainment begins on the main stage.
2 p.m. – Parade winners will be announced.
2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Entertainment, main stage
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Ducky Race, wharf
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Entertainment, main stage
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Music on the Mon
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