BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. - The annual Burgettstown Community Days was kicked off with an opening ceremony attending by Mayor Anna Marie Quader, Washington County Commissioners Larry Maggi, Diane Irey Vaughn and Harlan Shober, and U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy.
"Welcome to Burgettstown Community Days," said Quader. "It's a great festival and we're glad to have you."
Quader also thanked coordinators Jim Reedy and Janet Castellino for their efforts toward the festival.
EAT ’EM UP — TNT Pizza sponsored the annual Burgettstown Community Days eating contest, with wings on the menu this year. A total of 20 eaters battled it out to be named the wing-eating champion. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
OPENING PLEDGE — The Burgettstown Girl Scout Troop, Boy Scout Troop 1350 and Cub Scout Pack 1351 lead the Pledge of Allegiance with members of the Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion during the Community Days opening ceremony Friday. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
FINGERPRINTED — McDonald Police Patrolman Rich France fingerprints Kolton Speicher, the son of Kim and Doug Speicher of Eldersville, during Community Days. The department offered children’s fingerprinting services. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
"They've done so much planning since last year, and this just gets better and looks nicer every year," said Quader.
Murphy presented a flag to Quader to replace a worn one at Main Street Park.
Maggi spoke on behalf of the commissioners, noting, "you probably don't want to sit here and listen to all three of us speak."
He added that Burgettstown was representative of Washington County's small town values.
Also during the ceremony, the Burgettstown Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion presented the flag and played taps. Burgettstown Boy Scout Troop 1350, Cub Scout Pack 1351 and Girl Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Taylor Osborn sang the national anthem.
"Special thanks to all involved in the opening ceremony - the VFW, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts," said Reedy. "The ceremony went well this year, and, most of all, the rain held off."
Community Days included food and craft vendors, a petting zoo, bingo, small games of chance, drawings, auctions and a wing-eating contest.
"I want to thank the army of kids that set up and tore down and made it run," said Reedy. "Those kids are in training to take this over in a few years. Sunday morning, I was dead tired and I didn't want to get up and come down here, but when I got here, the kids had started coming down and the tore it all down and put it away, then set up bingo for that night. I want to give a big thanks to the kids of Burgettstown who were involved throughout the weekend."
Entertainment included Rainbow the Clown performing strolling magic throughout the weekend and musical performances by Bill Chamberlain's vocal students and local musicians Iron Skillet, The Majors, US Kids, Spinning Jenny, Light Touch and Zuke.
"The bands and entertainment were great," said Reedy. "It's always nice to go local with the entertainment. It was nice to bring in all these local bands, and they all drew a nice crowd. It's good to see people you haven't seen in a while.
"Community Days went off really well. I'm very grateful to the Community Day Committee, which was led by Janet Castellino. I can't thank her enough. She put together a really good weekend. I want to extend a personal thanks to her. She's the glue that held it together. We can't forget Gregg Pavan, he was very instrumental. We have a good core group in our Community Day Committee that have stuck together throughout the years, and that's what keeps this thing going."
(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at email@example.com.)