Cars, bands, pony rides featured at Mingo event

MINGO JUNCTION – Classic cars, pony rides and music were up front during the second day of Community Days, sponsored by the Mingo Business Association.

Activities Saturday included a parade on Commercial Avenue at 12:30 p.m. featuring the Indian Creek Marching Band and contestants for the Princes Aracoma and Little Chief Logan pageant; a car show; a performance by Hank Vincent and Stonestreet Station; Rich Treglia performing songs made famous by Dean Martin; Spinning Jenny; and the nightcap by local metal/hard rock band Never Wake.

Classic cars dotted the festival entrance on Commercial Avenue, with lots of muscle under the hoods. Jerry Himmelrick said he’s put a lot of money into his red, 1973 Ford Mustang convertible, “the last convertible Ford made for 11 years,” according to Himmelrick. “I bought this in Miami. I re-did the entire car. I just put the engine in last year. I re-did all the upholstery, too.”

Himmelrick said Ford actually still makes parts for the vehicle, although a lot of after-market parts also are available.

Another attraction were actual ponies rides available for the kids, while plenty of food also was part of Saturday’s fun. Other vendors were raising funds for different causes, including Pam Dodds of Bloomingdale, who manned the Indian Creek Chiefs football league booth. She said the organization gets players ready for junior and senior high school through the formation of different teams and competition.

“Most of our kids go to Creek,” said Dodds, adding the league works with the junior and senior high school coaches to give players the needed experience. “(The coaches) tell us what (the players) should know once they get to the junior and senior level.”

Dodds said she was there to help raise funds, and, “We do a fundraiser drawing for anyone that wants to participate.”

Some of the items being drawn off included a 50-inch TV; an Xbox 1; and iPad mini; a handcrafted cornhole set; two, $100 Hibbitt sports cards; two, $100 Texas Roadhouse gift cards; and four, $50 gas cards. Patrons also could purchase duffel bags and foam fingers with the Indian Creek logo, she added.

“We did better today than we did yesterday,” Dodds continued. “We’re a non-profit organization, so it all goes to the kids. And we’re still accepting players. We’re hoping to buy shoulder pads and are hoping for a nice banquet, too.”

Dodds also said she was delighted Mingo could host Community Days.

“It’s nice to have something for the village and for everyone just to hang out,” she said.

For the second day in a row, village native Ty Carney opened the proceedings with a solo guitar rendition of the national anthem. Carney, a member of the band Vanilla Sounded Chocolate, said, “We’re a five-piece band, all from Mingo.

“We won the 2013 Pittsburgh Battle of the Bands, beating 56 other bands,” he continued, describing the band’s sound as a psychedelic blues/rock taking its cue from classic rock bands such as Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton. “We channel a lot of the bands of the 1970s, and we try to keep our writing centered around that.”

Carney said the band just released an album recorded at Lava Room Studio in Cleveland, paid for by Gorilla Music and the studio for winning the band battle.

Today’s activities include the sold-out concert by the reformed Wild Cherry featuring Rob Parissi and other bands performing at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall.