The 2014 Miners'
The event, which honors the coal miners who worked and died in the mines, has grown from a small parade to the current four-day street festival.
Visitors will be treated to events that include car, motorcycle and truck/ATV shows with live entertainment, street dances each night featuring area bands, fireworks, food and craft vendors, children's petting zoo and games and a parade.
"This event celebrates our rich heritage in coal and our small-town family values," said
"We are also honoring those surviving members of the first Dog Boys that for 20 years organized the Dog Runs, which preceded our miners' memorial celebration."
The festival kicks off with a gigantic truck and ATV show from
The fun resumes at
In conjunction with the commemoration, a concert by country star
Tickets are available by calling 467-9070.
Family fun is jam-packed into
The Dog Boys will be recognized during the event's bike show from
Live music will feature
Plaques to the first 100 motorcycles will be presented. The show is expected to attract all kinds of bikes, including trikes, customs, touring, cruisers, vintage and sport bikes.
The original Dog Run committee was formed to have a fun motorcycle run and party afterward. All the while, these dedicated bikers raised money to help struggling organizations in
Through the years, they've helped the
"Although the Dog Run has run its final course, it is only fitting that we recognize those responsible from the beginning," Pritt said.
Organizers have brought back the Cryptic Scavenger Hunt, which proved to be quite a challenge last year when no one came up with all the right answers.
"People will receive a sheet and they must follow the clues to find the hidden landmarks of downtown
"It has proven to be a real brainteaser."
The clue sheets will be available at the fire hall or during the parade that steps off at
"People won't want to miss the fireworks at 9:30 that night," Pritt said.
"They will be visible from anywhere in downtown
Pritt said children will enjoy a variety of activities, including face painting, balloons and clowns.
"We also are bringing back the petting zoo," she said.
Organizers are asking for a
The show will welcome familiar
Another attraction includes a basket raffle.
Food vendors will be located in the parking lot of the
Mouthwatering treats include porkettes, chicken/lettuce wraps, Italian beef, hot sausage and meatball sandwiches, corn dogs, fries, burgers, hot dogs, crab cakes, coleslaw, barbecued pulled pork and ribs.
For those with a sweet tooth, offerings include gobs, apple dumplings, cinnamon rolls, funnel cakes and deep-fried Oreos.
Craft vendors will be interspersed along
The festival is sponsored by the
"Without all of these generous people and businesses, this event would not be possible or near the success it has been," Pritt said.
Information: visit echf.windberpa.org.
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Information: Visit echf.windber pa.org.
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