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June 27, 2014

Windber 4th celebration returning

— “You wanted it. Now it’s back.”

That’s the tagline for the Fourth of July Celebration, which will be held beginning at 5 p.m. July 4 and 3 p.m. July 5 at Windber Fire Department, 1620 Somerset Ave.

Volunteer firefighters are proud to announce the return of the celebration, which had been held for many years before falling by the wayside.

“For the last two or three years, people have been asking when we were going to bring the celebration back because it’s a good time,” said Bob Haddad, ways and means chairman for the fire department, who is in charge of fundraising. “We’re taking an old event and re-creating it and bringing it back.”

A parade will begin at 6 p.m. July 4, travel down Graham Avenue from Windber Area High School, make a right onto Ninth Street and another right onto Somerset Avenue before ending at the fire station.

“The parade will draw in a lot of fire departments, and we’re going to have Windber (high school) band and cheerleaders,” Haddad said.

Trophies will be awarded to the fire companies for best appearing and equipped engine, rescue, squad or support unit, aerial unit, tender, BLS ambulance and ALS unit as well as for greatest distance traveled and oldest unit driven. There will be a special “judges choice” award.

The celebration will be held outdoors on the fire department grounds and parking lot.

“We’ll be closing off a portion of Somerset Avenue,” Haddad said. “ We’re going to have two tents. There will be children’s games, homemade food at the station, food vendors and nonprofit groups.”

T-shirts will be sold for the For the Fallen motorcycle run.

The country band NOMaD (North of the Mason Dixon) will play from 9 p.m. to midnight July 4, and East Coast Turnaround, an up-and-coming band that plays ’60s, ’70s and ’80s music as well as originals, will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight July 5.

A corn-hole tournament will be held at 3 p.m. July 4.

“This has always been a good time, and there have never been any issues,” Haddad said. “The crowds are good. This is a community event, and the fire department is in the middle of the community.”

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

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