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June 28, 2013

Jackson heritage fest offers music, food, fun

— Good music, food, crafts and activities will combine for a good time.

The 10th annual Jackson Township Heritage Festival will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. July 19, noon to 11 p.m. July 20 and noon to 9:30 p.m. July 21 at Veterans Memorial Park, 200 Adams Ave., off Route 271 in Mineral Point.

David M. Hirko, township manager and festival coordinator, said the 10th year for the festival might be a milestone, but nothing earthshaking is planned to mark the occasion.

“It’s one of the nicest festivals around,” he said.

“We keep on doing what we’ve been doing. We don’t want to fix something that’s not broken. We want to maintain what we have.”

Two additions this year are a visit by superhero Spiderman and some puppet shows.

Additions in the past several years included a parade, poker run, car cruise and 5K run-walk.

“They’re separate, but entwined,” Hirko said.

Concerts will take place on two stages so there is continuous music throughout the weekend.

Hirko said two mammoth entertainment tents seat 600 people, and there are even tables under cover for those who wish to eat while they listen to the music.

“We get the compliment that we’re affordable for families to eat,” Hirko said. “For that reason, some come every day.”

The weekend will open with a car cruise-in at 6 p.m. July 19 and music from the ’50s to the ’80s with Johnstown Classic Rockers from 6:30 to 10:30.

On July 20, Irish folk musicians Tree will perform from noon to 2 p.m., with country rock with NOMaD from 2 to 4:30 and oldies with The Fabulous Flashbacks from

7 to 11.

A fireworks display will brighten the skies at 9:30 p.m.

On July 21, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church will hold its regular Sunday morning worship service at 10:30.

Performers that day will feature gospel music with The Masters from noon to 1:30 p.m., bluegrass with Beaver Creek from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and variety music with Clay Bowser from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Living Treasures Animal Park Petting Zoo will be available all three days.

Children’s crafts will be provided by Cambria County Arts Center from 3 to 7 p.m. July 20 and 2 to 5 p.m. July 21.

Strolling Entertainers will feature Spiderman, Unicycle Sam and Jerry Brown, The Monkey Man.

Hirko is expecting more than 100 craft and food vendors.

A sampling of the numerous craft booths includes purses and totes, wallets, wood crafts, jewelry, knit and crochet items, cosmetics, candles, metal crafts, handmade bath products and seasonal crafts.

Food booths will offer hot dogs, hamburgers, hot sausage, fried chicken, Philly cheesesteak, kielbasa, pizza, potato and macaroni salads, walking tacos, wings, sloppy joes, fries and beverages.

And for dessert there’s fresh fruit, gobs, ice cream sandwiches, fudge, funnel cakes, cookies and strawberry shortcake.

Hirko and his committee coordinate food offerings so there is a variety of options without much duplication.

“A good part of them are local, with a few commercial – and even they’re locally owned,” Hirko said. “It gives us a different flair.”

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