5th Annual Dunmore Summer Festival Set for August 17th through 19th

Dunmore Summer Festival

The 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park will be held Thursday August 17 through Saturday August 19. Shown in photo are officers and members of the Sherwood Youth Association at last year’s festival.

By Emily Fedor

For months, members of the Sherwood Youth Association have been preparing for the 5th annual Dunmore Summer Festival at Sherwood Park, and finally party time is right around the corner. This year, the festivities will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on August 17 and 18, and from 4 to 11 p.m. on August 19.

The festival got its start when the borough of Dunmore celebrated its Sesquicentennial back in the summer of 2012. Ever since, the annual event has become a tradition for many in little old Bucktown a tradition filled with good food and good friends. And the cherry on top is that all that fun benefits a wonderful cause.

“The park’s mission is, and always has been, to keep the children playing,” said Sherwood Youth President Matt Fedor. “The proceeds from the festival will be used to upkeep and improve the park’s facilities.”

Every year, it seems more folks come out to catch up with friends and enjoy a bite to eat. The festival hosts a wide array of vendors, who offer all kinds of sweet, spicy and savory foods.

Villa Maria Restaurant has been a part of the summer festival since it first began five years ago. The American-Italian style eatery is based on Washburn Street in West Scranton, but the business first got its start in little old Dunmore back in 1982.  

Owner Joe Macciocco says he likes coming back to Bucktown each year to pay a visit to those who have helped make his business a success.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s a great time of the year. They raise money for the park, and there’s something for everybody,” said Macciocco.

Members of the Sherwood Youth Association also man a stand, from which they serve up beverages, potato pancakes, wimpies, pizza fritte, fresh-cut french fries, clams and more.

This year, homemade hot wing bites will also be on their menu.

“The success of the festival and the continued improvements at the park would not be possible without the association’s hard-working and faithful members, said Fedor.”  

Members of Keystone UNICO, the Dunmore High School Crimson Company and other non-profit organizations will also be part of the festival.

Another big part of the annual event is the musical entertainment. This year’s line-up features two new-comers and one returning act, who will take the stage at 7 p.m. each night.

Tony Bouselli, Mike Bertha and Dave Arneli make up the band known as Take 3. Together, the rock and roll trio will open the festival on Thursday, August 17.

On Friday, August 18, the Luongo Brothers Band will take the Show Mobile stage. The band features Pat and Nick Luongo, who are founding members of another area band called The Poets, as well as Alan Shields and Rich Marmo. They play a variety of hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Fabulous Fortunes will return to the Dunmore Summer Festival for the fifth year to close out the festival on Saturday, August 19. The rock group has been performing for decades in Dunmore and beyond.

The Dunmore High School cheerleaders and marching units will also make an appearance at the festival on Friday, and gymnasts with the United Sports Academy will perform Saturday.

“There will also be a bounce house, horseback riding, face painting and lots of games for the kids,” said Fedor. “We hope the community comes out to support our festival and the park.”

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Sherwood Park Prepares for Annual Summer Festival

By Steve Svetovich

Sherwood Youth Association will host their annual Dunmore Summer Festival this month. (Photo Credit: Sherwood Youth)

Sherwood Youth Association will host their annual Dunmore Summer Festival this month. (Photo Credit: Sherwood Youth)

The Sherwood Park Youth Association will hold its third annual Dunmore Summer Festival on August 13, 14 and 15 at Sherwood Park.

Robert Plappert, president of the Dunmore Sherwood Youth Association, is chairperson for the event. Trish Fedor is co-chairperson and is in charge of the vendors for this year’s festival

“It has been a big success the past two years,” said Fedor. “All of the money goes directly back to Sherwood Park. We now have a splash pad which is going to be a favorite at the park. The children and their parents love it. It is going to be a big attraction.

“We are hoping this year’s festival will be a big success once again. We are ready to go.”

Matt Fedor is Vice President of the Sherwood Park Youth Association. Jeanne Jarrow is secretary. Susan Brace is treasurer.

“There will be a lot of different vendors, games, good food and bands. We are fully expecting a huge turnout,” said Fedor. “This has become an annual event to bring people together in Dunmore and at the same time raise funds for Sherwood Park.”

The event will be held from 5-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14, and from 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, August 15.

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The musical entertainment will begin On August 13 with The Fabulous Fortunes, playing classic rock from the 50s through the 90s. The popular group has performed several decades in the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area, New York City and New York State and Pocono Mountains. The band has also performed at Scranton’s annual La Festa Italiana since its inception and regularly performs at local picnics and fairs and Nay Aug Park.

Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax will perform on August 14. Known for their multi-use of horns and percussions, Daddy-O and the Sax Maniax have been a popular group for decades performing in various clubs and local picnics in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas.

Dashboard Mary will perform on August 15. A classic rock band, this group features several Dunmore natives and residents who are looking forward to performing at Sherwood Park. The group has been performing for many years in clubs and venues in the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and surrounding areas.

The list of food items include pizza, sausage and peppers, pierogies, halushki, porketta, pizza fritta, potato pancakes, cotton candy, popcorn, chicken barbecue, pasta fagiole, clams, hot dogs, corn, various ethnic foods, delicious baked goods, cake and brownies. There will be cold drinks, including beer, water and soda.

Fedor said there will be rides and games for children, horse and pony rides, and tons of entertainment.

UNICO, always an important part of the festivities, will be in attendance once again. There will be information on UNICO available to the public just as there has been in previous years.

“The people of Dunmore keep asking for it back. We will continue making it a big event,” said Fedor. “We want it to be successful for those who attend and for the park.”

Trish Fedor and everyone involved are working hard to make this a successful, annual event. It brings money to the park and unity to the borough.

“People look forward to seeing everyone here,” said Fedor. “Sometimes you run into somebody you have not seen in years. The people of Dunmore and surrounding areas really look forward to this. We try to make it special, a fun time for everybody.”