BY TOM LAVIS
In Ebensburg Borough, the very name homecoming signifies the purpose of the event but with an added anticipation of fun and entertainment.
The annual Ebensburg Homecoming will be held July 27 at sites throughout Ebensburg and at Lake Rowena.
The festivities will kick off July 26 with the Downtown Shutdown, a street party featuring two high-octane bands.
The borough will close the streets of downtown Ebensburg from 7 to 11 p.m. so Evil Ways, an Ohio-based Santana tribute band, can perform in the heart of the borough.
North and South Center streets and East and West High streets will be closed for the block party.
“We also have added a second band this year that will be performing on Sample Street,“ said Danea Koss, Ebensburg’s community development director. “The local band Juke Left will be performing at 7 p.m. near the Castle Pub.”
Downtown businesses will provide outside dining, and parking will be available on outlying streets.
Koss views the homecoming as a regional event, attracting those from outside Ebensburg as well as those who call the borough home.
“Visitors number into the thousands as many people with ties to Ebensburg return home for the festivities," Koss said. ”Everyone is welcome and we want people to have a wonderful time.”
Koss said organizers are encouraged after so many people visited Ebensburg recently for the Wheels and Wings event during Thunder in the Valley.
The homecoming will begin July 27 with a community yard sale throughout the borough beginning at 8 a.m. and a farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to noon at Penn Eben Park.
A book sale, flea market and food and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ebensburg Public Library.
Returning for its second year is Phoenix Pro Wrestling, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Young Peoples Community Center, 300 Prave St.
Tickets are $8 for ringside and $5 for general admission.
Other athletic events will include a homecoming 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and a duathlon beginning at 10, both starting at the community center.
The duathlon requires participants to complete two miles of running, eight miles of biking and two more miles of running.
Children’s activities will include a fishing derby, hosted by the Kiwanis Club, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Rowena, and games beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The public is welcome to play tennis for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ebensburg Tennis Center, 257 Lakeview Road, where an exhibition match will be held at 1. Equipment will be provided.
Call 471-2980 for reservations.
Koss said a free concert from 8 to 11 p.m. at Lake Rowena featuring the classic rock band Totem will conclude the festivities.
The band will take a break at dusk when fireworks will be displayed.
What: Ebensburg Homecoming.
Where: Sites throughout Ebensburg and Lake Rowena.
When: July 27.
Information: 472-8780 or ebensburgmainstreet.com.
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