The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

June 27, 2013

41st Pineknotter Days to draw thousands to Northumberland

— NORTHUMBERLAND — What began in 1972 as a labor of love of country — a bicentennial festival — has become the annual Pineknotters Days, now in its 41st year, one of the Valley’s leading weeklong festivals, attracting thousands of people from throughout the region to Northumberland borough.

“The original group of organizers liked doing this so much that they decided to keep the tradition of a patriotic festival going around July 4,” said Mike McWilliams, of Northumberland, co-chairman of Pineknotter Days.

In 1990, the Kiwanis club began overseeing the celebration, going as far as setting up a separate structure within its organization to work on the yearly street festival.

McWilliams said he has been pleased at the celebration’s growth.

“There are some nights when we’ll have thousands of people come to hear a band like Re-Creation, which has a lot of fans,” he said.

Each year, 25 to 30 vendors set up around King Street Park, selling food and offering up games to play.

“You’d be surprised by how few people put this all together,” McWilliams said. “Seven to eight people do the work. Our Kiwanis chapter only has about 17 active members.”

He is concerned about the future of Pineknotter Days. Not because everyone who attends doesn’t enjoy it, but because “it’s so hard to get volunteers to help out.”

Still, when the festival gets rolling, there’s not a better feeling he has of accomplishment.

“It’s a great family destination, wonderful fun for families and that makes everything we do worth it,” he said.

Here’s a lineup of events:

- A soapbox race will kick off the celebration at 8 a.m. Saturday at King and Fourth streets.

- On Sunday, a community church service will begin at 7 p.m. in the King Street Park gazebo.

- Monday events include entertainment by Re-Creation from 7 to 10 p.m. and presentation of the Pineknotter Good Citizenship Award at 7 and Pineknotter of the Year award at 8.

- Tuesday’s entertainment will be presented by Memory Lane from 7 to 10 p.m.

- The Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library book sale, one of the area’s biggest, begins Wednesday in Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King streets on the park, and runs through July 6. Book sale hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. July 5 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 6. Last year, the sale raised $2,100.

- Wednesday’s entertainment will be by the Badless from 6 to 10 p.m.

- Thursday’s events include entertainment by Billy Dee and Rosie from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., a balloon animal artist from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a chicken barbecue by the Tuckahoe Fire Company at 11 a.m. and a drum circle at 2 p.m.

- On July 5, the Pineknotter Car Show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and the 60’s Boys will perform from 7 to 10 p.m.

1
Text Only
News
  • 1obamanew.jpg Conflicting rulings on Obamacare

    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama’s health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bearden9.jpg Bail reduced for Bearden

    Jasmine Bearden, who was arrested earlier this year on criminal attempted homicide charges for the alleged abuse of her six-week old baby, had her bail reduced in Union County on Tuesday morning.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • US airlines scrap Israel flights

    Two U.S. airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.

    July 22, 2014

  • 1flag.jpg Mysterious white flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

    Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • bass22.jpg Mifflinburg honors its national fishing champs

    MIFFLINBURG — More than 50 friends, fans and relatives gathered in front of Mifflinburg Area High School on Monday night to celebrate the homecoming of juniors Nick Osman and Garrett Enders, newly crowned winners of the BASSmasters National High School Championships, held last week in Tennessee.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Newport official succeeds Snook in $94G-a-year post

    Newport School District’s director of educational services is slated to be hired tonight by the Midd-West School Board to fill the vacant director of curricular and instruction position.

    July 22, 2014

  • Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA

    A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California.

    July 22, 2014

  • $5,000 added for M-W restroom work

    The bill for the Midd-West School District stadium restroom renovations continues to rise to the consternation of at least one board member.

    July 22, 2014

  • Today's editorial: Dubious achievements in press secretary-ism

    Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Valley Congressman Tom Marino since May, recently posted on LinkedIn that he was excited and ready to elevate the congressman’s legislative profile — which Shucard did last weekend (but not in a good way) when he got himself arrested for bringing a pistol into a federal office building.

    July 22, 2014

  • Danville train diver left hospital 4 days before suicide

    DANVILLE — The young man who killed himself by diving under an Iron Heritage Festival passenger train underwent treatment in mental health facilities as recently as four days before his death, according to Montour County Coroner Scott E. Lynn.

    July 22, 2014

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.