ATLAS - The inaugural Mount Carmel Township Italian/Tyrolean Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Atlas Fire Company, with proceeds benefitting the truck and apparatus fund.

The family affair is being held as a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of Italian/Tyrolean ancestors passed along through generations.

Deadline for parade honorees, T-shirt orders, booklet memorials, monetary or raffle donations and vendors is Aug. 30.

A parade honoring the oldest male and female resident of Italian/Tyrolean descent will begin at 10 a.m. There will be homemade Italian food, vendors with other food and goodies, theme baskets, raffles, entertainment and activities for children - all set to begin at 11 a.m.

The volunteer festival committee is seeking the oldest male and female born-and-raised township residents. They don't have to presently reside in the township. Anyone who knows any resident 80 years or older who fit the criteria should call Judy at 570-274-9536 or Noreen at 570-373-3449.

Festival T-shirts are for sale. The cost is $12 for S-2x and $15 for 3x. Call Judy at 570-274-9536 or Noreen at 570-373-3449.

Anyone wishing to donate a theme basket or gift certificate for the raffle should call Angie at 570-259-1054.

A memorial booklet will be published. It will be in memory of deceased relatives. The cost for a memorial is between $4 and $7. A patron line is $3. For information on the booklet call Dauna at 570-339-2710, Christina at 570-847-5515 or Patti at 570-373-3179.

Monetary donations are appreciated. Checks can be written to the Atlas Fire Company/Italian Festival and mailed to 306 W. Saylor St., Atlas, PA 17851. Committee volunteers are available to pick up donations in person.

For any questions, donations or vendor information call Judy or Noreen.