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Celebrating community

As is the case for many of our local community celebrations, the Follansbee Community Days is returning this year after a pandemic-imposed hiatus.

The three-day celebration, set for Friday through Sunday, promises the return of many of its traditional activities, with live musical entertainment each night, close to 50 food and vendor booths, games, a car show and fireworks.

The Community Days parade will be held Saturday, with local businessman Scott Ewusiak serving as grand marshal in recognition of his efforts to repurpose various pieces of local property, including land previously occupied by Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel and the former Follansbee Middle School.

Follansbee Community Days is one of our unique local events, not there to celebrate a particular holiday or season or even an historical event. It was organized to celebrate the people of Follansbee and their hometown. It’s an opportunity for friends, family and neighbors to come together for a few days for food, fun and just enjoying each other’s company.

That community spirit already has been showcased in preparation of this year’s festival as part of the kickoff dinner held recently, where several residents were honored for their service to the Follansbee community.

The return of Follansbee Community Days is one more sign that we are working to return to a sense of normalcy following a difficult year. It is always an enjoyable time, for Follansbee residents and visitors alike, and we are glad to see it back.

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