The annual Mt. Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival returns next weekend.
"We are always looking for different things to do," Co-Chair Jeff Landy said. "We continue with what we know works well, and then we also add new things every year."
The festival will kick off is 23rd year at 11 a.m. on Friday and will continue through its close at dusk on Sept. 27.
Friday events will include musical entertainment by Ray Owens, Meteor Road, Unbridled/Metro and Chris "Abby."
Friday will also feature the Wild World of Animals, Dance Dynamics and the preliminary rounds for the children's and the adult versions of Battle of the Singers.
Saturday will highlight the Vogues, Chris Denem and Tres Lads, and will feature the festival pageants.
Sunday will welcome the musical groups of Little John and the ATM Band, the Saddle Up Band and the area favorite The Clarks.
"We can always count on the Clarks to bring in a nice crowd," festival Co-Chair Jerry Lucia said.
But entertainment is not the only draw to the popular event, as the festival will feature dozens of booths of crafts, exhibits and lots of food.
"Our food is definitely a draw," Lucia said. "People know that they can come to our festival and get something new and good every day."
Ethnic and American foods will be offered, as well as barbecue, homemade bean soup, pizza, peanut butter fudge and bags of dried fresh homemade noodles. …