MCDONALD, Pa. - McSummerfest 2012, the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department's largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Saturday through July 7 at Heritage Park.
The festival will be closed Sunday, and there will be a fireworks display by Zambelli International July 5. The Firefighter Combat Challenge and 5K Run will be held Sunday.
The event kicks off, as it does every year, with a parade at 5 p.m. Saturday, beginning on East Lincoln Avenue and traveling through the borough to West Lincoln Avenue.
HERE COMES THE PARADE — Several area bands, including the Fort Cherry High School marching band, have participated in the McSummerfest parade in recent years, and more of the same is expected for Saturday’s parade, said organizers. -- Staff photo
"We'll have a lot of fire departments, as we always do, a couple local bands, dancers and probably local Little League baseball teams," said Tom McGinnis, firefighter.
Dozens of area fire departments, high school bands and marching units are scheduled to walk in this year's parade and past special guests have included Manny Sanguillen, former Pittsburgh Pirate and World Series champion, according to organizers.
The event will run through July 7, including nightly entertainment. The entertainment will include Johnny Angel and the Halos Saturday, Deja Gruv Monday, MVP Band, featuring Peaches, formerly of Peaches and Herb, Tuesday, Hedgg Band Wednesday, Girlz in Black Hats July 5, No Bad Juju July 6 and Ruff Creek July 7. All entertainment begins at 7:45 p.m. p.m. nightly. The fireworks will begin at dusk July 5. Parking that day is at "a huge premium," and those attending should arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs, according to organizers.
"Everyone's having their fireworks on July 4, so we decided to have ours on July 5, so everyone could go to theirs and then come here the next day for ours," said McGinnis. "That's the big day, what everybody is coming for."
The annual McSummerfest Summer Fun drawing for a wagon full of picnic supplies and patio furniture will be held. The items are both donated by local businesses and purchased by the department, amounting to several hundreds of dollars of prizes.
Carnival rides and games will be available, provided by Tropical Amusement.
"The rides are all down at the park already," said McGinnis. "Everything's just about ready."
All-day passes will be available, as well as food and beverages.
Parking, admission and entertainment is free.
The following are sponsors: Chevon, Coors, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Huntington BAnk, McDonald Pharmacy, Body Systems Fitness, Columbia Gas, Canonsburg Hospital, Colonial Beer and Soft Drinks, Csonka Heating and Air Conditioning, Drager Safety Inc., First Commonwealth Bank, Fort Cherry Ambulance, Gene Povero Enterprises, Golden Triangle Construction, Greens Taxi Service, Harrington's, Har's Restaurant and Lounge, McDonald and Burgettstown NAPA, McDonald Giant Eagle, McDonald Pizza and Convenience Store, McMahon, Kenneth and Associates, Midway Construction, Nation Funeral Home, Northwest Savings Bank, Oliverio Buick, Paris Construction, Premier Safety and Service, Quality Rolls, Randour Chiropractic, Range Resources, Reaxis, McDonald Subway, Tammy and Co. Salon, Thomas and Little Funeral Service, Ursitz Heating and Air Conditioning, V. Lynne Cochran, D.Md., Woltz and Wind Ford/Washington Ford, WPSO McDonald Family Practice and Zambelli International.
For more information, visit the fire department's website at www.mcdonaldfire.com.