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June 11, 2014

Firemen launch music fest series

— Out with the old and in with the new.

Beaverdale Volunteer Fire Company is gearing up to launch its inaugural Music Fest series in lieu of the firemen’s festival, and organizers are optimistic the series will generate interest from the community.

“We decided to do something different and make a change,” said fire Chief George Fedore. “The firemen’s festival had slowly been dying, so we thought about bringing in bands with good followings and who people would want to come out and see.”

Area band Fuse will begin the series Saturday.

Subsequent shows will feature 1 Over 8, July 19; Who’s Your Daddy, Aug. 9; and Full Kilt, Sept. 13.

All four bands are scheduled to play from 8 to 11 p.m. at the fire company’s pavilion, 411 Cedar St., Beaverdale.

Grounds open at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

A variety of food will be served including hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders, wings, french fries and a beaver platter that consists of french fries, sloppy joe sauce and ranch dressing or hot sauce. Beverages from soda to beer to wine coolers also will be available for purchase.

T-shirts will be sold at each event.

All proceeds will benefit the fire company.

“This is a new idea and something like this has never been done in the area before,” Fedore said. “We want to keep this going year after year and we hope people will participate in the festivities and come back each month.”

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