Center Township at center of festivities

Antique cars and trucks — including one with a doll peering inside — lined the streets Saturday as part of the events offered by the annual Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Company festival, held at the fire station grounds, in 2017.  

Due to the ongoing public health crisis, the Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Company has canceled the Fourth of July Festival for 2020. Organizers said the decision was not taken lightly, and the fire company ultimately chose to place public safety at the forefront.

“We had hoped that health concerns would subside by July. However, as COVID-19 has progressed, it has become apparent that will not be the case,” said Logan Dellafiora, first assistant fire chief of the company. “While the Fourth of July Festival is one of our primary fundraising events for the year, we reached the decision to forgo these potential profits very easily. We understand that if we were to have the event, the public would be placed in harm’s way. That’s a risk we are not willing to take.”

The Coral-Graceton festival has grown to be one of the premier summer events in Indiana County. Dellafiora said this year’s event was scheduled to be bigger than ever, including games, rides, food, drinks, bands and a car show, and it was to be topped off with Indiana County’s largest fireworks display.

Members of the Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Company said they intend to bring back the event in 2021.

The Coral-Graceton Volunteer Fire Company, founded in 1952, provides primary fire and rescue protection to portions of Center Township and mutual aid protection to surrounding municipalities.

WESTSYLVANIA CANCELED

There won’t be a seventh annual Delaney Chevrolet Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival next month in downtown Indiana.

“While the 2020 edition of the Festival has been canceled due to Coronavirus,” the festival’s organizers said on its Facebook page, “we’re still making music.”

Organizers posted that they had been diligently monitoring COVID-19’s impact on the community.

“It does not appear the situation will have sufficiently resolved itself in time to safely welcome audiences and performers into a festival setting Memorial Day weekend,” they said. “We do expect better days ahead and are exploring smaller-scale, live music events for later this year.”

Likewise, organizers added, Downtown Indiana Inc. is considering options related to its Friday night kickoff concert. The festival normally brought national and international artists to IRMC Park for free performances, as well as local talent which last year included the Indiana Area Senior High School Jazz Band.

They asked the public to “continue to support DCWJBF as we chart a slightly different course for 2020.”