Dunbar Committee Rolls out Carpet for 'Old Town Week'
Forbes, Marilyn, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Taking a page from its historic background, the annual Dunbar Community Festival will feature the theme "Old Town Week" for this year's festivities.
"This year is the historical society's 15th anniversary and we'll be celebrating that with the festival," committee chairperson Cindy Moag said.
"The original "Old Home Week" was celebrated in Dunbar in 1915 and our annual commemorative mug will feature a photo that depicts a street scene from that time."
A kickoff dance will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, featuring bluegrass music.
"This is the second year that we are trying this," Moag said of the Friday evening entertainment, "It's more of a laid-back evening that leads into the festival on Saturday."
The events on Saturday open with the annual Pechin 5K run/walk, which will again feature the Red Dress run to help raise awareness of heart disease.
"The idea of the red dresses came from Eric Rankin a few years ago," Moag said. "He started wearing the red dresses because his mother had heart surgery and was suffering from heart disease."
Moag added that the number of red-dress participants has grown over the years and that the attendance of the race in general has flourished.
The bicycle Poker Run, sponsored by the Dunbar Volunteer Fire Department will start at 9 a.m., to be followed by the volleyball tournament.
"The volleyball tournament has really grown," Moag said. "We get more and more teams every year."
New this year will be numerous train ride opportunities that will be available all Saturday afternoon. …