Celebrating community

One of the most-anticipated events in our region will get under way Friday when the annual community days celebration opens in Follansbee.

Celebrating its 26th year, Follansbee Community Days will feature a wide range of entertainment, food and games which are certain to ensure plenty of fun and camaraderie.

The event, which is centered around Follansbee Park, truly does offer something for people of all ages — there will be craft and food vendors, local artists displaying their works and plenty of activities for children.

A focal point is the entertainment, which this year includes the Original Fantasys and the Vogues on Friday; On the Level and Reflections Saturday; and Twice as Nice, Wee Jams and the Motor City All-Stars Sunday.

On Saturday, the festival’s annual parade will begin at 1 p.m. and follow its traditional route down Main Street, with longtime business owner David Lyle serving as the grand marshal. Sunday’s events include the Howdy Verner Classic Cars Show at Lyle’s Auto, and the weekend will conclude with the annual fireworks extravaganza, which is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.

This weekend’s events are the continuation of a celebration that really began on June 17, when the annual kick-off dinner was held at the St. Francis Center. Receiving honors that night were Lyle, Michael Gaudio, Randy Hood, Denny Williams, Marty Bartz, Kathy Kidder-Wilkerson, Kacey DiGiacinto, Michael Bachinski, Aldo Crisante and Bob Guio.

Organizers of the event work hard each year to present a showcase they are confident helps show what makes Follansbee a special place. We encourage area residents to see that for themselves by visiting the annual community days.

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