Dunbar Marks Its 125th Birthday
Hofmann, Mark, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
With old favorites returning and new traditions being planned, the 2008 Dunbar Community Fest will celebrate the borough's 125th anniversary.
The Dunbar Historical Society has set Sept. 27 as the date for this year's annual festival. The theme is "Celebrating Dunbar Borough's 125 Years."
Representatives from Harrisburg will attend the festival, where a proclamation will be read in honor of the borough's anniversary.
The historical society, sponsor of the festival, has ordered three cases of mugs signifying the anniversary. They will feature the Dunbar sign as well as the year of Dunbar's birth --1883.
Returning events this year will include the car/truck/bike show, 5K run/walk, volleyball tournament, bicycle poker ride and parade. Train rides are planned, along with a petting zoo, a pet contest, Col. Dunbar and Miss Dunbar pageants, a quilt show, historical displays and a street mural.
Last year's car/truck/bike show featured 42 cars that lined the entire length of Connellsville Street, said organizers.
Cindy Moag, historical society president, said the festival's signature event, the Dunbar Duck Derby, will return for its fifth year.
"We gauge our success by the number of ducks," said Moag.
Linda Rechenberg, historical society treasurer, has set the goal for ducks this year at 1,200.
Rechenberg said the first year of the derby, 353 people purchased the rubber ducks. …