Stars and Stripes tickets now available

STEUBENVILLE – The chairs have been carefully arranged facing the stage in Harding Stadium.

The Pyrotecnico fireworks crew of New Castle, Pa., will be on the hillside above Hollywood City Center today, setting up enough fireworks for the 21-minute show set for 10 p.m.

Food vendors, along with a long list of varied games and information booths, are ready for the noon opening ceremonies at the Harding practice field.

The third-annual Stars and Stripes Concert and Festival will open today at noon and is set to conclude when headliner act Phil Vassar sings his final song of the night and the fireworks light up the sky.

Tickets for the concert will be available today at Kwik King stores in Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Follansbee and Weirton and the customer service center at the Fort Steuben Mall. General admission tickets for the concert are $15 and reserved seat tickets are $20 if purchased in advance.

Tickets will be sold at the Harding Stadium ticket windows starting at 11 a.m. today. General admission tickets will cost $20 at the ticket window and reserved seat tickets will be $25.

“We will be accepting credit cards and debit cards at the ticket windows at Harding Stadium,” said Sue Hershey, president of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, which is organizing the event. Hollywood City Center is the title sponsor.

Pyrotechnico supervisor R.J. Stewart said the show will go off at approximately 10 p.m.

“We will meet with the Phil Vassar people today to know what his final song at the concert will be. When he sings that last note the fireworks will start. We will start with some small shells but we will try to keep everything up in the air for everyone to see the spectacular show. I am very excited because we had a great show here last year and I am looking forward to good weather and another good fireworks show,” added Stewart.

The day will begin with the free Family Fun Zone on the practice field where attendees can choose from Baby Boyz BBQ Ribs, Ice Cream Brothers, Jeff Sickle will have elephant ears, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, water, iced tea, lemon shakes, Milliners Mexican Grill, TJs Concession, pizza, corndogs, fried cheese, Trinh’s Oriental Food and Davis Foods at the practice field, and at the beer zone in the parking lot in front of the Kroger store in Hollywood City Center.

According to festival committee member Jennifer Cesta, Tri-State Area residents who visit the fun zone will have plenty to see and do.

“We will also have a number of vendors and displays available for the public including the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County bookmobile with face painting from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors can register for a library card at the bookmobile. We will also have the city police D.A.R.E. vehicle, an ambulance for public inspection, the Froggy Van and the Wells Township Haunted House Hummer. Disc Jockey Bill Harvey will be providing music in the fun zone, and Kurt James, sponsored by the Fort Steuben Mall, will have several events in the Fun Zone from noon to 5 p.m.”

“We will have the Society for Creative Anachronism displaying fencing throughout the day and medieval combat at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., the First National Bank hot air balloon will be inflated. They will not be giving rides, but they will allow people to see how a hot air balloon works. And, the Hollywood City Center Kroger store will be donating cookies for decorating,” remarked Cesta.

“The Jefferson County Humane Society will join us with their dogs during the afternoon. And the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District will provide a painting activity for children. Med Express will have sunscreen and hand sanitizer, and they will give out bags and have supplies available for people to make own first aid kit. We will have the Clear Choice Photo Booth where visitors can get a free photo. There will be a Lego display from the Toy Museum and a duck pool for kids from Valley Hospice. And Eastern Gateway Community College will offer children face painting and helium balloons,” she added.

The beer corral will be in the Hollywood City Center Kroger parking lot and will feature local singer and songwriter Rose Angelica from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A custom car show will be open to the public Sunday afternoon at the Harding Middle School parking lot.

The stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. today with the Joseph Sisters set to start their opening act performance at 5:30 p.m.

“Sunday night will be a great opportunity to see an up and coming group live on the stage at Harding Stadium. They will also be performing next month on the main stage at Jamboree in the Hills,” said their manager, Gus Monezis.

Following the Joseph Sisters, the Todd Jones Band will take the stage for the second act of the evening.

“We will be playing for 45 minutes to an hour. I can honestly say I can’t wait to be in Steubenville. The band and I have a great time performing and we were very pleased to be invited to the Stars and Stripes Concert. I am looking forward to performing in that famous football stadium,” declared Jones.

“We will be looking for people to be standing and clapping their hands. We have fun and we want the audience to have fun and enjoy themselves. We will be getting everyone ready for the big guy. Phil Vassar puts on an outstanding show and I know the audience is going to be entertained in a first-class way,” promised Jones.

Vassar will be arriving in Steubenville after performing Saturday in Chicago at the World’s Largest Block Party.

“I’ve never been to Steubenville but, hopefully, we can leave a lasting memory there,” Vassar said.

“We never have a set play list when we take the stage. We will do our hits and some of the hits I have written for other folks. We play whatever people call out to us. It is going to be a free-for-all. It is high-energy stuff. We will be rocking the stadium,” declared Vassar.

The Stars and Stripes Concert is the second stop on Vassar’s current summer tour. He was in Milwaukee Friday to shoot a music video before heading to Chicago on Saturday. After performing in Steubenville, Vassar will be in Knoxville for his next performance.

“If you are not a Phil Vassar fan when you enter the stadium I guarantee you will be when you leave,” promised John Cucarese, co-chair of festival committee.