Millvale Manager Virginia Pucci is crossing her fingers for the best weather late summer can offer for the borough's three-day Millvale Days, which open today.
The annual festival featuring food and music daily can draw up to 10,000 on a good weekend "if the weather cooperates," Ms. Pucci said.
The event kicks off with a 7 p.m. car cruise along Grant Avenue. The fun spreads out from there.
"Throughout town, restaurants and bars and businesses will be hosting special events. There'll be flea markets. It's centered on Grant but everyone gets involved," Ms. Pucci said of the borough-sponsored event that has been an annual event for more than a decade.
On Friday, a free wrestling show will be staged at 6 p.m. on Grant Avenue.
The final day, Saturday, the Millvale Days Parade will begin at 11 a.m. and Ms. Pucci said a highlight of the parade are the Shriners driving their miniature vehicles.
"It's really the Millvale Days Parade but to a lot of people, it's the Shriners Parade," Ms. Pucci said.
The parade will be followed by a pizza-eating contest at 1 p.m., a wrestling show at 3, and volleyball and horseshoe contests throughout the day.
Ms. Pucci called the festival an annual highlight for the borough.
"It brings the community together. It pulls people in who have left town, making it like a homecoming," she said. "And it helps our businesses."
Karen Kane: firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-772-9180.