Ligonier is gearing up for the 54th annual Fort Ligonier Days, a three-day outdoor festival this weekend that commemorates the Battle of Fort Ligonier, which was fought during the French and Indian War on Oct. 12, 1758.
Events include nearly 200 craft booths, live bands, battle re-enactments and artillery demonstrations, parades, children's events, and more than two dozen food booths.
Holly Mowrey, executive director of the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the festival drew about 110,000 guests last year.
"I'm expecting even more this year with the beautiful weather that they're calling for," she said.
The 11 a.m. parade on Saturday will feature the award-winning Mountaineer marching band from West Virginia University, which will perform near the reviewing stand on East Main Street after the parade. Nearly 20 other bands will march in the parade, and "a great collection of antique cars" will also be featured, according to a news release.
There will be a free shuttle bus service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The shuttles will leave from the parking lot at Ligonier Valley High School, 40 Springer Road, Ligonier, and the Laurel Valley Golf Club lots on Route 711 South. There will also be a "craft loop shuttle bus" that will run among the craft display areas from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For additional details about this weekend's events, visit www.fortligonierdays.com.
First Published October 10, 2013 1:06 AM