Summer Super Readers
Thanks to the generous donations by local businesses and community members, Youngsville Library's 5th Annual "Summer Super-Reader" program was able to continue to award incentive gift certificates and prizes to all readers from Kindergarten-12th grade. The six week program is designed to encourage kids to read for grab-bag prizes, raffle-ticket chances, and a t-shirt.
"To be honest, we weren't sure if we would be able to continue to offer this particular reading program this year due to the drastic budget cuts the library has suffered," stated Library Director, Kristy Wallace. "It is sad to think that we've reached a point where a reading program has to be considered a luxury item, but our library just doesn't have the means to allocate money from our budget toward reading incentive prizes anymore. That is why this year we appealed to our local area businesses to help us and they most certainly came through for the kids in our community! Without their generous donations and the donations of individual community members there wouldn't have been a reading program for the kids in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Board, kids, and I are so very grateful to those businesses that pledged their support for this very worthwhile and educationally sound program. Please be sure to stop in and thank each of the following businesses for supporting this program and the youth of our community."
Summer Super Reader Prize Winners: All participants who completed at least one reading log received a free ice cream cone coupon from Youngsville Dairy Queen, a small Frosty Coupon from Wendy's, and a free small French fry coupon from Burger King. $15 Wal-Mart Card winners: Matt Pilapil, Levi Hendrickson, Cory Liston, Taylor Liston, sponsored by VanHouten Chiropractic, Ralston Computers, & Star Grafix; $10.00 Dipson Movie Coupon winners: Levi Hendrickson, Noah VanHouten (2) , Gregg Yost, Scotlyn Seyler, all sponsored by Linda Phillips Insurance; $5.00 DQ Gift Card Winners: Katie Downs, Samantha Wilhelm, Abby Downs (2), sponsored by West End Auto; Warren Fair Passes winners (sets of 2): Levi Hendrickson, Rachel Buchanan, Cory Liston, Matt Pilapil, Scotlyn Seyler, Morgan Schipani, Jared Camp, Dawson Burt, Shelby Proctor, Gregg Yost, sponsored by Ted's Auto, Bob Williams Lumber, Pete's Beverage, Laugers Good Lawn, Youngsville NAPA; Huey's Large 1-item pizza winners: Bryan Yost, Steven Sieminski sponsored by John Polley/Hueys; Galley Large 1-item pizza: Taylor Liston-Galley 7" pizza winners: Samantha Wilhelm, Seebe Proper, Joe Yost, Jared Camp, Gracia Clark, Liberty Hoffner, Dean Proctor, Jasmine Kays sponsored by Cathy Brown/Galley; Wendy's kids meal winners: Taylor Liston, Seebe Proper, Starla Hoffner, Jon Wojtkiewicz, Joe Yost, Bryan Yost, Jasmine Wojtkiewicz, Autumn Hoffner, sponsored by Wendy's in Warren; Day Passes to use Youngsville Borough Pool (set of 2) winners: Scotlyn Seyler, Christina Fischer, Autumn Hoffner, Starla Hoffner, sponsored by Youngsville Borough Board and Mayor; Blue Basket of goodies winner: Carly Sayers sponsored by Allegheny Auto; Green Basket of goodies winner: Scotlyn Seyler sponsored by Rick Dies; Orange Basket of Goodies winner: Hailey Hammerschmitt sponsored by Youngsville Pharmacy; Popcorn Basket winner: Allyson Henry sponsored by Crissi & Dave Winans; Eclipse Game winner: Morgan Schipani sponsored by Youngsville Pharmacy; IGame winner: Steven Sieminski sponsored by Youngsville Hardware; Phlat Ball winner: Jasmine Kays sponsored by Edgewood Motel and Restaurant; Nerf Laser Blaster winner: Ryan Morgan sponsored by A.R. Beatty Diesel/Kubota; Moon Sand winner: Gracia Clark sponsored by Attitudes by Roxie; Zhu Zhu & Wagon winner: Keara Torrelli sponsored by Heaven Scent; Super Soakers winner: Jared Camp sponsored by Youngsville Hardware; 3-D chalk set winner: Christina Fischer sponsored by Crissi & Dave Winans; Frog Kick Ball winner: Eliana Beatty sponsored by Sue Perrin; Dollar General gift card winners ($5.00 each): Nick Cox, Steven Sieminski, Mailee Eckstrom, Ian Proctor, sponsored by Connie Lucia; Valley Bowling gift certificate winners ($5.00 each): Dawson Burt, Cory Jones, Jasmine Wojtkiewicz, Starla Hoffner sponsored by Valley Bowling; Holmberg Salon winners ($10.00) each: Shelby Proctor, Christina Fischer (2), Jasmine Wojtkiewicz (2) sponsored by Nancy Holmberg; Clear View Inn gift certificate winners ($5.00 each): Liberty Hoffner, Haley Weilacher, Carson Punch (3) sponsored by Clear View Inn; Down Under gift certificate winners ($5.00 each): Joe Yost, Liberty Hoffner (3), Dylan Burt, Curtis Hoffner sponsored by Down Under; Grab-bag prize contributors: Kathy Haberkost, Peggy Olson, Sue Perrin, Pat McChesney; Super Reader T-shirt sponsors (for top-level readers): St. Luke Church, Dr. Joseph Pikna, Bob's Garage.
The Revitalization Of Youngsville's annual corn festival will hold a Kid's "Cornival" in the downtown on the street and in the parking lot near Church Street and Main Street beside the Fire Hall Drive on August 22 and 23. The kids' activities, which will include the Bubble Gum DJ Marty Loomis, petting zoo and other children's activities, will be taken care of by local Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania including a 9th grade Senior Scout troop that will be helping leader Jenn Fox-Riggin. For a corn festival schedule, log onto www.youngsvillepa.org/festival/. For information call Jenn at 814.723.4990 or 800.248.3355 x1910
Corn Husk Dolls
Every year Rose Ashbaugh works with the children at the Youngsville Corn Festival teaching them how to make Corn husk dolls. They are made out of dried corn husks supplied by the corn fest organizers from the stalks taken when Ian Ashbaugh builds the corn maze. This year the corn festival committee is looking for a volunteer to teach the children since Rose and her husband Terry will not be available during the time the event is scheduled. Rose said she will teach anyone who is interested how to make the dolls and work with the children. To volunteer to help, call Cathy Brown 563-7192 or Helga Laibacher 563-4959.
Youngsville's 5th Annual Corn Festival is offering again this year some of the best music acts in the area, and opportunities for "jammers" to join in too.
On Friday night, Aug. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. an open Acoustic Jam Session invites any and all to come on down and sit in with pickers and grinners playing acoustic bluegrass, old-timey, folk and country music.
Later on Friday night, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. a local favorite, the Ron Carrington Band, sponsored by Youngsville Home & Garden and W. H. Fitzgerald, Inc., will be playing all your favorites for listening, and bring your dancing shoes, because last year the street was crowded with dancers.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, from noon until 6 p.m. the Busker's Festival joins the Corn Festival, providing performers on several street corners around the downtown area as local folks have the opportunity to sing, juggle, dance, mime, or perform any street act they may have. There are still some spots open, so if any one is interested in performing, call Gary Lester at 723-1330 days, 757-8449 nights, or 814-688-5016 cell.
On Saturday, from noon until 3 p.m, Joan & Paul & Friends will be playing music and will be the MC for Youngsville's Corny Contests. From 3:30 pm to 6 pm there is a Karaoke Challenge hosted by John Pollow sponsored by Huey's place. Cash prizes for winners.
Also on Saturday, from 6 to 9 p.m. Blues A la Mode sponsored by C.J Adams Chuckwagon BBQ, will be cooking up some serious blues and rock. Corn fest Bands chairman Paul Eisert said, "They perform regularly at local bars and restaurants to great crowds, were a big hit last year."
On Sunday, August 22, from Noon until 3 p.m., the Kokomo Time Band, a local tropical/oldies band, rejoins the Cornfest this year, sponsored by the Rouse Estate. Eisert said, "If you've ever seen them, you know the good time that's in store. If you haven't experienced them, come and be prepared to have more fun than human beings should be allowed to have?" Check them out online at www.kokomotimeband.com/
Music for kids
On Friday from 6:15 p.m. until 7:15 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 2 pm the Bubblegum DJ Marty Loomis will be offering a music and fun interactive show for kids 2 to 12 years old, sponsored by Robert Brace & Sons, Inc. Every song has some fun activity for the audience. Marty's Bubblegum Machine has been entertaining children in northwest Pa. for over 12 years. Eisert said, "It's always a good time with Marty." Check him out online at martysbubblegummachine.com/
Sound engineering throughout the weekend will be provided by Dave Young. Scott Nelson will be Master of Ceremonies for the parade and will announce other corn festival activities. They are both volunteers who have helped with the festival since its beginning 5 years ago.
Remembering a fallen car buff Paul T. Bean, the Revitalization Of Youngsville announces Cruisin' at the Corn festival on Sunday, August 22. Registration begins at 9 a.m. until noon. The show opens to the public from noon to 4 p.m. Awards are at 4 p.m.
Car Show Chairman Paula Confer said, "My first year as chairman we had 55 entries. I would like to see the Main Street of Youngsville again lined with all kinds of show cars. There is lots to do for everyone." Starting at noon the DJ Scott Nelson and Kokomo Time Band will start playing at two different locations downtown. Also at noon, there is a parade of power wheels for kids. At 12:30 p.m. a Corn Hole Tournament begins; at 1 are the lawn mower races. There will be a chicken barbecue and other food vendors. The Corn Maze continues on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Paul T. Bean was a car enthusiast who worked on restoring vehicles through out his life time. From motors to body work, he could do it all. One of his last projects was refurbishing a 1966 Chevy Pickup truck. His daughter Paula Confer said she remembers spending time with her father at car shows and drag races with that truck and that is how she acquired her father's love of cars.
Bean was originally going to be the chairman of the Youngsville car cruise-in two years ago but when he passed away unexpectedly Confer took over the show. The cruise in is being held in his honor. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles are welcome. Confer said, "Family and friends can enjoy the whole day with great cars, music, and food."
Downtown Youngsville streets will be closed 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For information call Paula Confer at 814-688-4066
Corny parade floats, motorcycles, Shriners, and others will march Saturday, Aug. 21, starting from Division and Fifth Streets, down Main Street, turning left at the corner of Bates and East Main, turning left onto College Street, and proceeding to the high school.
The Corn Festival parade will start at 10:15 a.m. Its route will be shortened by one block this year due to conflicting schedules with a high school football scrimmage.
The Youngsville Corn Festival Chairperson Jean Zock is asking the Warren County community to enter green, yellow and white cars in its Corn festival parade to build the image of the color of corn.
Pre-sales of the Corn Festival t-shirts, hats, visors and mugs will be in front of the Artist CoOp / Allegheny Artistry on Friday, Aug. 13 between noon and 5 p.m. The newest Youngsville tee-shirts and mugs with an artist rendition of a railroad train and the slogan "All tracks lead to Youngsville" is also on sale. It is designed by Youngsville's resident artist Joanne Oviatt. All sales benefit the community revitalization.
Corn Hole Tourament
On Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22, in downtown Youngsville there is a corn hole tournament. On both days registration is at noon. On Saturday the tournament begins at 1 p.m. and on Sunday it begins at 12:30 p.m. Winners of each division receive a cash pay back. The cost for a team is $10. There will be 2 man teams in 3 divisions, ages: 12 & under, 13 years to 17years and 18 & over. Corn Hole Association Rules/ Double elimination. A Corn Hole Tournament is similar to horseshoes except that wooden boxes called corn hole platforms are used instead of metal stakes. For information, call Cathy Brown at 814-563-7192.
The Brokenstraw Valley Swimming Pool (BVSP) will hold a Community Swim on Thursday, August, 19 from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. as part of the community wide ROY Corn Festival celebration. There will be games, including corn hole games, raffles, prizes, and hot dogs. DJ Farmer Ray Ray will provide the music.
With just one week away from the start of 5th Annual Corn Festival volunteers have spent the last year planning out all the details for the festival, and now they're putting all the final touches on the event. The Revitalization Of Youngsville Corn Festival committee will hold a series of meetings to finalize preparations.
On Monday, Aug 16, at 9:30 a.m., volunteers who are interested in helping with street closings and traffic control during the parade, are asked to meet at the Youngsville Police Station, Island Park Building on Ford Street.
Then, again on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. volunteers, vendors and interested people who would like to help out or learn more about Corn Festival's final preparations are invited to a meeting at the Artist CoOp / Allegheny Artistry, 106 East Main Street.
On Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 9:30 a.m., all Corn Festival Committee members are asked to meet at the Artistry CoOp to attend a final meeting to do any last needed coordination.
On Thursday, Aug. 19, the Decorating Committee will meet at Holmberg's Hair Salon Parking Lot, 235 East Main Street, at 9:30 a.m. to begin street decorations for the festival. To volunteer, call Barb Luce at 814-563-4936.
On Friday, Aug. 20, the Tent Committee will meet at 2 p.m. at the PNC Bank lot, 117 East Main Street, to put up tents. Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call John Shaughnesy, 726-0220.
The Youngsville Corn Festival gets underway Friday, Aug. 20, beginning at 6 p.m. with an opening night party that includes chili and cornbread, a jam session open to all who would like to join, DJ Scott Nelson of the Nelson Funeral Home, the Bubble Gum DJ Marty Loomis, Ecumenical Christian Vespers, ROY and Pearl Pageant, a Hula Hoop Contest and the Ron Carrington Band.