Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation

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Miners' Memorial Day Festival

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Another highly successful Miners' Memorial Day Festival was held over Father's Day Weekend, June 17-19 in downtown Windber.

Our totally volunteer group of organizers put together another exciting event filled with parades, motorcycle and car shows, fireworks, food, music and many other fun activities.  The motorcycle show attracted more bikes than ever before, and the car show ran out of parking space in the display areas well before its official start time.  Fortunately, quick negotiations with several local businesses allowed almost all of the record number of participants places to show off their vehicles.

The Eureka Coal Heritage Foundation expresses its most sincere appreciation to all the sponsors, volunteers, and participants who helped make the weekend a rousing success. The funding for all events, entertainment and support activities comes from donations of local organizations and individuals. Their continued generosity, especially in these trying economic times, speak highly of their willingness to help commemorate the heritage of the area.

alans_sonsThis year's festival was dedicated to the memory of our recently lost board member Alan Manges, a remarkable man who donated thousands of hour and dollars to the Foundation's efforts.  Our festival theme this year was 'Volunteerism', and sadly, we must bid farewell to one of our best.  Alan's sons Matthew and Michael, shown here with Congressman Mark Critz, are carrying on the volunteer tradition established by their father.

Please visit the Miners' Day Gallery 2011 for an idea of the festivities enjoyed by the participants (or perhaps try to spot yourselves among the throng if you were lucky enough to attend).

And, as always, the more volunteers and sponsors we can find the bigger and better the Miners' Memorial Day event will be.  Please consider helping.