Robert Weber, recreation board president, said the event will feature 63 vendors and crafters as well as 14 food booths.
“I didn’t think we’d get this many this time of year,” Weber said. “I bet I turned down 20 this week because I’m just running out of space.”
Weber said the vendors are mostly different. One woman, for instance, will be selling items she makes from Duct tape. A food vendor from Aliquippa who cooks ribs is coming equipped with two 18-foot-long trolley cars that he built.
“The back trolley car has the tables and chairs where people can sit and the front trolley car is the kitchen,” Weber said.
For children, there will be plenty of fun to be had, such as a bouncy house, small wild animals and a dunk tank. Shriner clowns will walk throughout the crowd for about three hours handing out animal balloons. A magician will perform for about an hour before mingling with the crowd and the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot is also expected to make an appearance around 4 p.m.
“We had him last year and the kids really liked him,” Weber said.
Fire truck rides will run throughout the day and other equipment will be on hand as part of touch a truck.
Weber said the event is for the entire family and gives neighbors a chance to catch up. There will also be plenty for adults, including classic cars, a deejay playing music all day, the fire department selling beer and the Fort McIntosh re-enactors and the Mad Anthony re-enactors.
For $2, attendees can also take three whacks at a car with a sledgehammer to try and smash it to smithereens. Harvey’s Towing is donating the Crown Victoria. Weber said organizers expect there will be a draw.
“I went to one of these events in Beaver County and this was a big thing,” Weber said. “People seemed like they wanted to take their frustrations out on something.”
Funds raised from the game and raffles will go to the recreation board. Weber said they plan to raffle off three $100 grocery gift certificates. The recreation board purchased one and others were donated by Shop’n Save, Giant Eagle and Walmart. Walmart will also have a booth with a prize wheel where people can spin to win various prizes, he said.
Organizers will begin preparing the grounds today and vendors will begin setting up on Friday. Weber said there will be plenty of parking on Saturday and a shuttle will be provided.
"A lot of the recreation boards just look after the kids," Weber said, "but we try to take care of everybody in the best way we can."
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