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Hundreds enjoy Mingo Junction Community Days celebrations

BAND PERFORMS — The Indian Creek High School marching band performed Saturday afternoon during the Mingo Junction Community Days. The band walked in a short parade on Logan Avenue to the park and then played several songs near the concert stage. Area Boy Scouts will participate in a “rain-boat regatta” race at 2 p.m. today. Live entertainment, featuring Charlie Kocach and Mike Styer, The Band Owl Eyes, and Extremely Loaded, starts at 1 p.m. at the concert stage. -- Mark Law

MINGO JUNCTION — Hundreds of people milled through Aracoma Park on Saturday during the village’s annual Community Days celebration.

Food truck vendors provided a tasty assortment of food items and craft vendors lined the upper level of the park. Live entertainment was held throughout the day at the concert stage, including the Mingo Idol contest in which children and teenagers competed.

Village Councilwoman Jodilynn Fitzgerald said she loves having the Community Days at Aracoma Park.

“We have a beautiful park. We are putting our best foot forward with this. A lot of work goes into this. It is nice to see so many people showing up,” she said.

John McDonald, a village resident, said he likes Community Days because it gives him a chance to see so many other people.

“It is a great thing. It is a sense of community,” he said.

McDonald also was there to watch his daughter, Malania, an Indian Creek High School freshman, perform in the school band.

Jim Freiling of the Mingo Business Association, who puts on the Community Days, said he was very happy with the turnout for the festival.

“Aracoma Park is a beautiful place to have this event,” he said.

Sharon Cole-Isner, president of the GFWC Mingo Junction Women’s Club, said club members help out with the Community Days.

“Our motto is to serve. We try to do projects serving the community which we believe are important. This is a project the community has to have,” she said.

Village Councilman Adam Peeler said Community Days brings everyone in the village together.

“Kids can run and play. Older people can sit in the shade and watch. It is like a reunion for everyone in the community to reminisce and talk about old times. It is the one time of the year everyone looks forward to getting together,” he said.

Mike Montgomery of Toronto was sitting in the shade at the park, saying it was his first time at the Community Days.

“I’ve been to a few festivals and this is one of the nicer ones. It has shade. The people are so nice. Children love to come and play,” he said.

The Community Days committee also is remembering the 1984 movie Reckless staring Aidan Quinn and Darryl Hannah. The movie was filmed in the village in 1982 and according to officials, many area residents took part in the process.

The movie will be honored with a 20-foot-by-20-foot mural to be located on the Townhouse Tavern on Commercial St. T-shirts commemorating the movie with a copy of the movie poster on them were being sold.

Last year, the village honored the 1978 movie The Deer Hunter, which was also filmed in Mingo Junction.

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