Tuesday evening, I had the opportunity to speak with the members of the McDonald Volunteer Fire Department at their June business meeting. For 114 years, McDonald firefighters have been protecting lives and properties in the borough and surrounds. In addition to the essential role they play in providing emergency services, the members of the McDonald VFD also bring the community together through their annual summer carnival and concert series -- McSummerfest, held annually at Heritage Park.
This year, the Fire Department is bringing in the Poverty Neck Hillbillies to perform on Friday, July 7. Probably the most popular county music band originating from Southwestern Pennsylvania, the concert is one of several stops for the Hillbillies this summer as the band promotes its new self-titled album (released on June 6). Often billed as a combination of “hillbilly twang and rock ‘n roll gravel,” the seven-man band has its roots in the Fayette County village of “Poverty Neck.” The band’s hit songs include “The Hillbilly Way” and “Mr. Right Now.”
Other performers at McSummerfest 2006 will include William Dell and the Wee Jams (Monday, July 3), The Mansfield 5 (Wednesday, July 5), Chuck Blasko and The Vogues (Thursday, July 6) and Johnny Angel & The Halos (Saturday, July 8). All entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.
McSummerfest also includes the annual parade on East and West Lincoln Avenues and classic car show beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 1. On Wednesday, July 4, McSummerfest will include the 11th Annual concert of the McDonald Area Community Chorus at 8 p.m. followed by one of the region’s best fireworks displays.