Heritage Days marks Central City’s centennial
CENTRAL CITY — Central City is 100 years old and this year’s Heritage Days, on Saturday and Sunday, will help the borough celebrate.
Jessie Kohan, Heritage Days coordinator, said she knew that the borough wanted to do something special this year because of its 100th anniversary.
“We added a few things to our program but mostly just made things bigger and better this year,” she said.
Kohan said the event, held at the Community Park in Central City, will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days with breakfast by Pappy D’s. On Saturday, the basketball tournament starts at 9 a.m., along with the return of the children’s 2K race.
“The borough is sponsoring the 2K race for the kids,” Kohan said.
The concession stands open at 11 a.m. and the craft tent at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
“We will have all kinds of food and craft booths,” Kohan said. “They vary from year to year, but many are the same ones we had before.”
The MedStar helicopter will make a stop at 1 p.m. Saturday at the park.
Children’s train rides are on the schedule from 1 to 4 p.m. on both days. On Saturday, the Hallmarks will provide music at 2 p.m. A magic show will be held at the same time. Bingo games, sponsored by the Central City Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, start at 2 p.m. on both days, along with animal balloons from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Kohan said the Central City Firemen’s Parade starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and is expected to be very large.
“This year there will be a lot of firefighters in the parade due to the firemen’s convention being held in Central City the same weekend as the festival,” she said.
Flood City Brass will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by an extra large fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday a volleyball tournament will take place at 9 a.m. A church service at 9:30 a.m., sponsored by Graef’s Lutheran Church, will be held at the park on Sunday morning.
A large car cruise starts at 11 a.m. and will continue to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Musical entertainment will begin at 11 a.m. with Krazy Kat Daddies. At 1:30 p.m. the Somerset County Community Band will play. A magic show is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Boomers are at 2:30 p.m. Also, at the same time, Ron Barlick from Shawnee State Park will introduce children to “Old-Time Thingamagigs.”
“Ron will have all kinds of old-time toys and games for the kids to see and use,” Kohan said.
The annual Duck Race is slated for 4 p.m., followed by D.J. Z-Man at 5 p.m.
Kohan said the evening will end with a prize drawing at 7:30 p.m. The gates will close at 8 p.m.
Kohan said that in addition to all the activities, the Shade-Central City Museum, also located at the park, will be open starting at noon on both days.
“We have a really nice lineup for this year,” she said. “I know we will have something for everyone.”