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Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival tickets go on sale Aug. 9

8/7/2010 —

Tickets for the Saturday, Sept. 11, Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival will be available beginning Monday, August 9, at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone, at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus and at several upcoming local events.

Now in its third year, the Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival begins Sept. 11 at noon and wraps up around dusk, with fireworks concluding the festivities. This year’s festival features a variety of popular regional musical groups including The Clarks, Chris Higbee Project, Joe Grushecky and Harold Betters.

Festival Chair Gina Jones says, “The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival is growing each year and word is spreading about what a fun day it is for the whole family. The opportunity for folks to come to one event and enjoy the performances of so many entertainers is rare in Fayette County. Also, the unique focus of our festival to celebrate the coal and coke heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania is something festival attendees enjoy.” In acknowledgement of the significance of the Sept. 11th date, there will be special recognition of first responders at the festival.

This multicultural and multigenerational event has something for people of all ages. Other musical entertainers will include NewLanders, Augsburg German Band, Brass Knuckles Band, Bon-Journey, Jerry Onesi-Jack Nicolette Trio and more, giving festival goers the opportunity to enjoy jazz, rock, country, folk, and polka music among many other genres. In addition to musical performances there will be dance troupes, visual art displays, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors serving a variety of ethnic specialties. The Coal and Coke Heritage Center is a focal point of the day and is open for tours and special displays highlighting the coal mining industry of the past and today. For youngsters, the Kiddie Koal Mine play area and petting zoo is enormously popular. New this year will be a fireworks display to cap off the day’s activities.

Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival tickets are being sold online through a link on the festival’s website, at the business office at Penn State Fayette, and by phone at 724-430-4101. Tickets also will be available August 14 and 15 at the Relay for Life at Penn State Fayette, and August 28 and 29 at the Italian Festival in Uniontown, Pa. Advanced sale tickets are $10. Tickets at the gate will be $15. Children age 4 and younger get in free.

The Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival is designed to celebrate and honor the unique coal and coke heritage in southwestern Pennsylvania. Jones explains, “Southwestern Pennsylvania’s history of immigrant and migrant miners who settled the area many years ago in search of a better life really contributed to the rich tapestry of cultures that are a hallmark of this region today. It is truly something to celebrate as a community and we expect this year’s festival will bring hundreds more to the campus for the day.”

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