Houtzdale Days kicks off Thursday with vespers service|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
By Terry Whetstone Staff Writer
HOUTZDALE - Houtzdale Days is quickly approaching and will begin Thursday night in the streets of the small community.
The Moshannon Valley Ministerium will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. with a vespers service on the American Legion lawn. Following vespers, the Citizen of the Year award will be presented and Austin Beirlair, a student at Moshannon Valley Elementary School, will be recognized with an award for designing the winning shirt for this year's Houtzdale Days.
Following the opening ceremonies, the vendors will open and from 7-10 p.m. the Moore Brothers will take to the Legion porch.
According to Carolyn Delattre, secretary of the Houtzdale Days Committee, there are more then 30 vendors this year. She said old favorites have returned while some new vendors will also be on hand.
Friday, the Alley Popper will host its annual 5K run with registration beginning at 6 p.m. and the run taking off at 7 p.m.
Also Friday will see a hula-hoop contest at 7 p.m. for children 12 and younger near the Legion ,and from 7-10 p.m. Scott Allegretto of Weedville will take to the porch to perform his Elvis Tribute. Delattre said his visit is always popular and guests should make sure they have a lawn chair with them because seating at the Legion is limited.
Saturday gets under way early with the fishing derby registrations being held at 8 a.m. and the lines hitting the water at 9 a.m. at the stream on Good Street. There are four age groups up to age 15. Everyone who participates will get a small prize and there are larger prizes for big winners. The Morann Rod and Gun Club will be stocking the fish.
Beginning at 10 a.m., there will be children's games and crafts in the firehall and there will be magic by Corby Smith of State College. He'll do a show at 10:30 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m.
The parade will begin to take shape at 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Don and David streets, near the Freeberg Funeral Home. All floats and apparatus are asked to access Don Street via Emery Avenue across from the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale.
It was requested that no floats or apparatus line up on Elizabeth Street behind M&T Bank as that area is reserved for high school bands and twirling groups.
The judging on floats and apparatus will take place prior to the start of the parade.
There is no need to RSVP and line-up is on a first come, first served basis. Awards will be given out at the firehall about 30 minutes after the parade. Anyone who has questions about the parade should call Ted McCulley at 592-7834.
The parade starts at 6 p.m. and the Moshannon Valley Ministerium will be the grand marshal for the parade.
Delattre said Saturday night a new group will take to the Legion porch, the Conniptions of Johnstown will play from 7-10 p.m. She said they play a wide variety of music and there should be something for everyone.
The fireworks will begin about 10 p.m. and they can be easily seen from the area of Houtzdale Days.
The Houtzdale Days Committee is selling chances on cash; first place is $500, second is $200 and third is $100. The tickets cost $1 each.
Members will also have its third edition of the Christmas ornament on sale, which features the first Houtzdale Fire Co.
There will also be a crazy auction at the Houtzdale Days tent, located near the American Legion.