Penn Township Fall Festival returns with parade, music, food and entertainment

Three community members who were instrumental in setting up a covid-19 vaccination post at St. Barbara’s Church in Harrison City will be honored as Parade Grand Marshals for Penn Township Fall Festival.

The festival will take place September 17-19 at Penn Township Municipal Park in Harrison City, with the parade scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on September 18 along Highway 130.

The winners are Dr Kevin Wong, who provided medical support for the administration of the vaccine; Jack Moschgat of Bushy Run Mainline Pharmacy, who obtained the vaccine; and church member Jan Shepherd, who coordinated the effort with church, medical and volunteer staff.

More than 22,500 shots were administered at the church between January and June.

With approximately 70 participants, the parade will begin at the United Methodist Community Church and end at Penn Trafford High School, said co-chair Michael Ginsburg. Jennifer Miele will be the master of ceremonies.


A golden retriever named Shelby rides a motorbike with the Boy Scout Troop 236 during the 2016 Penn Township Fall Festival parade in Harrison City.

The parade is just part of the fun of the festival, which will also include live music, rides, food vendors, crafts, exhibits, games and a family scavenger hunt.

This year’s new feature is Knockers race, Ginsburg said.

“It’s a big plastic ball that you go in and run around and bump into each other,” he said.

A pass will cost $ 20 and Knockerball will cost $ 5 per session.

Entertainment will include music in a variety of genres, including a 1 p.m. performance on September 18 by the Penn Trafford Community Band.

Registration will open at noon on September 18 for a car cruise in the parking lot near the Penn Area Library. Traditionally, the cruise attracts more than 100 vehicles, Ginsburg said.

As in previous years, Zambelli Fireworks will provide fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on September 18th. The rainy date is September 19th.

Residents of Penn Township are also invited to participate in apple pie making and scarecrow decorating contests.

Bakers are encouraged to get creative with their pies, but the filling should contain at least 60% apples. The top three pies will win a cash prize.

Scarecrows should be tasteful and not reflect controversial, social or political themes. Festival-goers will be able to vote for the favorites.

The festival, which began in 2007, took a pandemic hiatus in 2020. It typically draws 8,000 to 10,000 visitors throughout the weekend, Ginsburg said.

“Penn Township has a lot of small towns, so it doesn’t have a single identity,” he said. “The festival helps bring people together.

Ginsburg also noted that a limited number of vendor spaces are still available. For information on vendors and competitions and the full schedule of events, visit Where Penn Township Annual Fall Festival on Facebook.

Shirley McMarlin is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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