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The Anthracite Heritage Festival is tomorrow. The weather is fairly good this morning; chill but clear and sunny. Hopefully this will hold out for tomorrow. The festival parade is scheduled for this evening, but I think I’ll stay home and relax, as I’ll be going out early tomorrow. Today’s local newspaper features the schedule for the Anthracite Festival:
4 to 6 p.m. — Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce chicken barbecue, Sixth and Arch streets.
6 p.m. — Festival parade begins at Rock and Independence streets. Travels west on Independence to Market, ends at Arch.
7 p.m. — Veterans salute, Price for Freedom monument, Lincoln Street.
Approximately 7:30 p.m. — Shama Lama at bandstand, Market and Arch.
9:30 p.m. — Luminaria service along Lincoln Street; performance by opera soloist Shannon Mercer.
10 p.m. — Fireworks display by Robert “Chopper” Deitz.
8:50 a.m. — Church bells ring to call people to the festival.
9 a.m. — Cameron Colliery whistle blows to signal start of festival, followed by singing of national anthem by Zack Sickora.
9 a.m. — Last minute sign-ups for “The Amazing Coal Cracker Race” at Market and Spruce.
9:05 a.m. — Ecumenical service at festival stage, followed by singing of “God Bless America” by Sickora.
9:45 a.m. — Carriage tours begin at Market and Arch.
10 a.m. — “The Amazing Coal Cracker Race” begins at Postage Plus, Market and Spruce; trolley tours of Coal Township begin; first cemetery tour starts; career and arts center exhibits open.
10 a.m. — Marionette show in the fourth park lot, Market and Pine; Sadie Green Sales Jug Band at festival stage.
10:30 a.m. — Moyer School of Dance, festival stage.
11:30 a.m. — Sadie Green Sales Jug Band, festival stage.
Noon — Magic and illusion show, festival stage, SCRA tour from display booth No. 2; American Legion building displays open.
12:30 p.m. — Show and shine car show, Independence Street, Rite Aid and FNB Bank parking lots.
1 p.m. — Talent show, festival stage.
2 p.m. — SCRA tour leaving from booth No. 2, second cemetery tour kicks off.
2:30 p.m. — “Hats off to Pennsylvania” performance by Ray Owens.
3:30 p.m. — DJ performance at festival stage.
4 p.m. — Festival ends.