It was a week, and a weekend, of partying in Warren County, with the Sheffield Firemen's Festival and the All-American Barbecue Festival in Pittsfield.
Another barbecue festival is in the books, and afficionados of saucy pork are recovering from their gluttony today.
The All-American Barbecue Festival, successor to the Warren RibFest, brought people to the Warren County Fairgrounds in Pittsfield over the weekend for barbecue, music and a party atmosphere.
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The first All American BBQ Festival in Pittsfield provided the chance for an annual rib fix.
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East side party
Ron Carrington’s Touch of Gold performed during the first annual East Side Festival Saturday afternoon.
The children were interested in the inflatable bounce rooms and remote controlled cars and trucks, and many people reminisced over the displays of classic vehicles.
Participating businesses included Warren Tire, United Refining, Warren Auto Supply, Howes True Value, NAPA Auto Parts, Bob Lawson’s East Side Auto and Nesmith Insurance Agency.
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A young lady enjoys the “circus ride” at the Sheffield Firemen’s Festival. See more photos on page B5.
It was tied this year to the Regions Archery Pro-Am Tour, which brought scores of archers from throughout Pennsylvania and the northeast to compete.
In addition, the Kansas City Barbecue Society held one of its competitions and, although festival patrons couldn't purchase any of the KCBS victuals, they got a chance to see the sort of 'cue competitions that are featured on television food channels.
The weather cooperated providing heat and sun for the festivities.
Meanwhile the annual Sheffield Firemen's Festival provided a carnival, games, music and food to benefit the Sheffield Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD), drawing hundreds.
The Sheffield Fireman's Festival began on Sunday, July 14, with the Sheffield Rod & Gun Club Chicken barbecue, which sold out with 300 meals being prepared.
Tuesday was kids night, which was a free night for the kids sponsored by the SVFD. This was a huge success and the kids came away with some great prizes. Some of the prizes consisted of free french fries and hot dogs at the Lions' Club concession stand.
Wednesday, the Midway opened with a Ride-A-Rama starting at 6 p.m.
There were lots of youngsters having tons of fun on the midway.
Thursday night the midway opened at 6 p.m. again, along with a pet parade for anybody wishing to bring their pets. Many were dressed up in their finest attire.
Friday night the midway continued and there was entertainment by T.N.T. Audio Entertainment.
Saturday morning featured a Fireman's Water Battle at 8:30 AM, with the parade at 4p.m. and the midway opened around 5 p.m. Fireworks were around 10:30 p.m. to wrap up the festival.