ASHLAND - Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland will be hosting its 22nd annual Pioneer Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. This year celebrates the Pioneer Tunnel's 52nd anniversary as a tourist attraction. In addition to its coal mine tours and steam train rides, which will be running continuously, many special events will take place in Higher-Up Park, which is adjacent to the Pioneer Tunnel grounds.

Music and entertainment will be provided free of charge. Visitors waiting to board and taking the coal mine tours, will be entertained with coal mining songs and stories by Stu Richards and Tommy Symons known locally as the "Breaker Boys." There is a charge for the coal mine tours and steam train rides.

The regionally popular "Ray G" will perform on the bandstand in the park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with a mix of '50s to '90s classics and modern country music. Bring a lawn chair and sit back and relax while listening to some great music. A craft fair will be held throughout Higher-Ups Park with many unique hand-crafted items.

Several local community organizations will be selling raffle tickets for theme baskets, fundraising items and offering pictorial displays and free information.

Several local churches, organizations and food vendors will be selling chicken barbeque dinners, bleenies, homemade baked goods, haluski, halupki, hamburgers, hot dogs, bean soup, pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, sausage sandwiches, rib-eye steak sandwiches, pierogies, french fries, ice cream, barbeque, funnel cakes, bundukies, traveling tacos and many other delicious foods.

Authentic Egyptian food which was a big hit last year will be available again. New this year will be ham and bean soup and Pennyslvania Dutch chicken corn soup cooked in old-fashioned kettles on the park grounds. Containers will be available for "soup-to-go."

The Pioneer Tunnel is located at 19th and Oak streets. On Pioneer Day, free parking and shuttle service will be available in the Gitman Bros. parking lot at 23rd and Center streets. For more information call 570-875-3850 or go to www.pioneertunnel.com.