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Heritage Days honored history with Civil War theme
Monday, July 15, 2013
By Tyler Kolesar Staff Writer
PHILIPSBURG - Another successful Heritage Days is in the books, as this year's theme, "North and South Come Together," showcased the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. From Tuesday night's vespers service and awards ceremony to Sunday's car show, thousands gathered on Front Street to get a bite to eat or to purchase items from various vendors. Chairman Jim Pollock said overall it was another great year for the town's festival.
"All in all, I'm very pleased with what happened," said Pollock.
Tuesday night kicked off with the vespers service and awards ceremony at Trinity United Methodist Church. Pollock said the combination of the number of businesses honored plus the individual awards made it one of the most memorable ceremonies in Heritage Days history. Judy Sinclair, Patty Coldiron and Nathan Myers were all given awards, and all were visibly surprised to have received them. Pollock said their reactions are what make the ceremony worthwhile, and they are great assets to the community.
Pollock said Chuck Navasky did another excellent job with the entertainment. People were treated to entertainment the entire week, culminating with the band Zoo's Open playing at Cold Stream Dam before the fireworks on Saturday night. The one hitch in the week was Mother Nature not cooperating on Wednesday night, as a storm rolled through and forced the cancellation of Pat Moore and the Elvis Show, along with the band Still Moore.
Karaoke also was a big hit, with a sing-off deciding the final three contestants. In the end, Jill Reed took home the $1,000 first place prize over Cody Lee and Natalie Conte.
Halfway through the finals, a malfunction with the sound system caused a delay and the committee had to scramble to set up the backup system, which had been used for the parade at the borough building.
Other than that, Pollock said Heritage Days went off without a major problem.
Many new additions also went well with the event. To coincide with the theme, Pollock said members of the group Lincoln's Generals were on hand, thanks to local resident John Warsing, who is a member of the group.
"That was such a unique opportunity we had," Pollock said about having Lincoln's Generals.
Pollock said the question-and-answer session with the group before the parade was a big hit, with many people doing their research and asking in-depth questions. Pollock also said many people took photos with the group and visited their campsite at Cold Stream Dam.
On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, people were able to visit the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation Science Lab. The lab is one of six mobile labs that travel throughout the state to schools and festivals. Pollock said traffic at the lab was steady, and instructor Greg Burns commented on the number of people visiting was extremely high.
Another addition was Steve Hennessy performing two shows for kids on Wednesday as his character, Dr. Planet. The shows were held thanks in part to cooperation with Cen-Clear and its partners including Centre County United Way. Both shows were well attended and fit well with the Heritage Days Committee's goal of offering family entertainment for all ages.
"Our continued focus is on family-theme type things," said Pollock.
This year's car show on Sunday had a different style, in which no actual judging took place. The judging was replaced by cash prizes and door prizes, which was a great success.
"We didn't have a single complaint," said Pollock about the car show, stating between 125 to 130 vehicles were showcased.
Pollock also thanked Harry and Bunny Wood for organizing the grand parade that ran smoothly. Pollock said the parade, which is one of the biggest draws of the week, saw people from all over the state attend and take part.
"It draws far and wide," said Pollock.
Band and float winners for Saturday are as follows: Best Appearing Bagpipes and Drum Band, first, $200, John F. Nicoll Pipe and Drums; Best Appearing Military Band, first, $200, 46th PA Regiment; Best Appearing Senior Drum and Bugle Corps, first, $200, Keystone Regiment; Best Appearing Junior/Senior High School Band, first, $200, Moshannon Valley High School; second, $100, Curwensville Senior High School; Best Appearing High School Band, first, 4-foot trophy and $300, Moshannon Valley High School; Best Appearing Junior Baton Corps, first, $100, Aristokat Twirling; second, $50, Morris Cooper Baton and Silks; Best Appearing Senior Baton Corps, first, $100, Diamondettes Twirling; second, $50, Morris Cooper Baton and Silks.
Best Appearing Oldest Motorized Vehicle, first, $50, Merle Butterworth; second, $25, Kephart 1940 Farmall tractor; Best Appearing and Marching Veterans Group, first, $100, AmVets Veterans Auxiliary Sons and Riders; Best Appearing Church Float, first, $50, KYB "Know Your Bible" Club; Best Appearing Children's Float, first, $50, Rodgers Family Day Care; Best Appearing Business Float, first, $50, Ignite Youth Theater; Best Appearing Organization Float, first, $50, Boy Scouts, St. Marys; Best Float Representing Philipsburg, first, $50, Rodgers Family Day Care.
Results for emergency vehicles will be available at a later date.
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