Shamokin is ready to celebrate 150th
SHAMOKIN - The weeklong celebration of the city's 150th anniversary begins Sunday and concludes next Saturday with some 12 hours of activity. Here's what to know and where to be.
The Shamokin Area Ministerium will host an ecumenical service at 3 p.m. at Claude Kehler Community Park, led by the Rev. Sam Bellavia of the Shamokin Alliance Church.
Our Shamokin Band will perform in Claude Kehler Community Park beginning at 7 p.m.
A pet and toy parade begins at 7 p.m. Children 12 years old and younger can register beginning at 6 p.m. at the municipal parking lot on Independence Street near the post office. Participants are to bring their pets, bikes, wagons, Cozy Coupes and other wheeled travel toys for use in the parade. Kids are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue.
The parade will travel from Independence Street to Sixth Street and onto Arch Street, where it ends at Claude Kehler Community Park. Free food, including chicken fingers, hot dogs and chips, will be served to children.
An anniversary ball will be held at the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 1149, Rock Street. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. and the ball begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $10 at the door and includes a buffet and entertainment by DJ Chad Evans. Dress is semi-formal: no jeans or sneakers.
Independence Street will be closed between Eighth and Ninth streets from 6 to 10 p.m. Both Lookout and Bunky Hendricks will perform on the main reviewing stand. Miss Pennsylvania Amanda Smith will be welcomed.
Saturday, July 5
Events begin at 10 a.m. and end just shy of 9:40 p.m., when Shamokin's annual fireworks display starts. Live music will be performed on two stages. Food and drink vendors will set up throughout the day at Eighth and Independence streets and also near the Shamokin Post Office. Independence Street will be closed to traffic all day long.
The grand parade begins at 2 p.m. in the Fifth Ward. That's where the parade organizers hail from, and since they volunteered to put it all together, why begrudge them the honor of launching it from their neighborhood?
Some four dozen groups of parade participants will start out on Shamokin Street and wind their way about 2.2 miles through Shamokin, ending at the east end of Independence Street. It includes a firemen's tribute at the start - 65 fire companies outside Shamokin have been invited - and a classic car cruise before the "grand parade" officially sets out. Three DJs and MCs will be stationed along the parade route, and the main reviewing stand will be on Independence Street near Wendy's. (See accompanying parade route and expected participants.)
The Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg, will bless the parade from a stand outside Mother Cabrini Church, North Shamokin Street. Kulpmont Mayor Bernard Novakoski and Mount Carmel Mayor Philip Cimino will judge the parade from the main reviewing stand.
At least one question will remain unanswered until Saturday morning: who will be the parade's grand marshal? It could be anyone who purchased a $10 raffle ticket for the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro convertible. Miss Pennsylvania will pull the winning ticket at 10 a.m. on stage near Susquehanna Bank, Independence Street. Berwick's Jayson Terdiman, a member of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team who competed in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, is expected to be on hand for the drawing and will participate in the parade. Tickets have sold slowly and are still on sale. Look for a story in Monday's edition about a special deal parade organizer Bill Dudeck says is absolutely necessary to fund the parade.
A classic car show will follow the raffle on Independence Street, along with the first of six musical performances. The Mahoney Brothers will perform until 1:30 p.m. on the stage near Susquehanna Bank. At 1:30 p.m. the band Autumn will perform hits from the 1950s on the main reviewing stand down the street.
After the parade is over, live music will resume on both stages.
Autumn will return to the main reviewing stand and perform until 7 p.m. Angela Kinder will follow for a half-hour performance, portraying "Queen Elsa" from Disney's hit movie "Frozen." The Fobias take over at 7:30 p.m. and will perform up until the fireworks start at 9:40 p.m.
At the Susquehanna Bank stage, The Shoreliners will perform until 7 p.m., followed by Bean Soup Bunky.