Stars and Stripes committee finalizing details for festival

STEUBENVILLE – The planning for the Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival set for June 30 is now coming down to the final detail work.

Committee Co-Chair Tricia Damewood-Maple sat down with committee members Thursday to review everything from food items requested by the three groups set to entertain the Harding Stadium audience to the person who will be selling souvenirs to what time the First National Bank hot air balloon will arrive at the Family Fun Zone at the Harding Practice Field.

“The neat thing about the balloon is they will truck it in, set it up and then take it down at the end of the show in the Family Fun Zone. We think that will add to the interest that day for people to watch the procedure used to inflate the balloon and then deflate it,” explained Jennifer Cesta.

Cesta said she is still signing up food vendors for the Family Fun Zone, which will be sponsored by the Fort Steuben Mall.

The third-annual concert and festival will start at noon on the practice field with the opening ceremonies.

According to Co-Chair John Cucarese, “There will be tons of things to do that day, and we will get to see a first-class show right in our own backyard.”

Cucarese said local songwriter and performer Rose Angelica will be singing in the beer garden that will be located in the Kroger parking lot and hosted by Iron City Distributing and Choice Brands of Ohio.

As the day continues, the attention will shift to Harding Stadium, where Phil Vassar will headline the evening concert.

“Phil Vassar is known as the Billy Joel of country music. He is a passionate and a true performer,” declared Paul Rothfuss, general manager of WOGH-FM.

“We are delighted to have such a talented and well-known country performer as our headliner for our third Stars and Stripes concert. Phil Vassar is very well known for his songs ‘Just Another Day in Paradise,’ ‘Carlene’ and ‘Last Day of My Life.’ We worked very hard to put this lineup together, ” said Sue Hershey, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

Cucarese said the Joseph Sisters of Wheeling will start their performance at 5:30 p.m. on the Harding Stadium stage. They will be followed by the Todd Jones Band at 6:45 p.m., with Phil Vassar taking the stage at 8:30 p.m.

“If you are not a Phil Vassar fan when you enter the stadium, I guarantee you will be when you leave,” promised Cucarese.

Concert Promoter Ron Brown has said Vassar will perform approximately 75 minutes, maybe a little longer.

When Vassar finishes his final song, Steubenville’s annual fireworks display will begin. The annual extravaganza will help close the day in patriotic fashion.

Harding Stadium and the Hollywood City Center area are the perfect spots to watch the city’s fireworks, according to Dominic Teramana of Hollywood City Center, which is presenting sponsor of the event.

Hershey said tickets for the Stars and Stripes Concert are on sale at Kwik King stores in Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Follansbee and Weirton. Tickets also are available at the Peoples National Bank branches in Adena, Dillonvale and Mount Pleasant; the customer service center at the Fort Steuben Mall; the visitors center at Historic Fort Steuben; at the chamber office at 630 Market St., Steubenville; or online at

General admission tickets are $15 and reserved seat tickets are $20 if purchased in advance. On the day of the concert, general admission tickets will cost $20 and reserved seat tickets will be $25. Hershey added that the show will be presented rain or shine.

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