Miss Pennsylvania to join Shamokin's 150th anniversary festivities
SHAMOKIN - Shamokinites will have reason to follow the outcome of the Miss Pennsylvania pageant June 15 because one of the first official duties of the winner will be to join in and participate in Shamokin's 150th anniversary events.
Recent contact with Kathy Rashlich, business manager
of the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization, organizers of the pageant, by members of the Fifth Ward Parade Committee confirmed that the new Miss Pennsylvania will be able to appear in Shamokin July 5.
"We now have a celebrity to draw the winner of the new Camaro convertible the morning of the parade," remarked Bill Dudeck, committee member, who has been making the arrangements with the organization for the visit.
Following the drawing, a photo opportunity with locals, a press conference, a luncheon and then the grand parade is on tap for the new Miss Pennsylvania. The Fifth Ward Parade Committee will have a special float constructed for her to ride on.
The special guest will arrive by motorcade minutes prior to the drawing for the Camaro, which will ake place at 10 a.m. near the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library. Plans are under way for the construction of a stage that will be used for a concert immediately following the drawing. The concert will feature a surprise "big name" group that will provide entertainment until the 2 p.m. parade.
Working closely with the official 150th Anniversary Committee, parade committee members said the entire day will be one to remember in Shamokin, with entertainment from morning up until the gigantic fireworks display at night.
The parade is being financed through an energetic effort by committee members to raffle off the Camaro convertible for $10 per chance, with a maximum of 7,000 tickets. The car winner then becomes the official grand parade marshal and will lead the parade in the new convertible. Committee members will canvass the entire Fifth Ward door to door beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday to sell chances on the car. Anyone wishing to help in the effort is asked to come to Mother Cabrini Church hall at 10:45 a.m. The car is on display, and tickets available in the B&L showroom on Route 61.