CALCUTTA-St. Clair Township Travel and Tourism Bureau's 14th annual Memorial Day celebration on Sunday in Calcutta Square promises to be jam-packed with fun, food and fireworks for the whole family.
The day starts at 9:30 a.m. at Calcutta Community Park, when the Tri-State Burial Group will perform the ceremonial flag raising. Shortly thereafter, from noon to 4 p.m. the Calcutta Lion's Club will host the highly entertaining duck race in Calcutta Square. Beginning at 1 p.m. is the crowd favorite fireman's battle, which features area firefighters facing off in a water hose competition. Those looking to showcase their artistic side can participate in the chalk art contest from 1 to 3 p.m. Entry is free, but those wanting to participate should bring their own chalk.
During the evening hours, local and regional musical acts will provide the public with a soundtrack to their Memorial Day. Music will start at 1:30 p.m. at the main stage in Calcutta Square with solo guitarist Dave Morgan. He will be followed by country recording artist Zach Paxson, who will perform from 3 to 4 p.m. Local dance band Rumors will get the crowds dancing from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Country music band Black Horse will perform country classics from 6 to 7 p.m. The band Legends will round out the evening with classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Automotive and motorcycle enthusiasts will have plenty to feast their eyes upon during the celebration. A bike show will give the public a chance to check out some two-wheeled works of art from 2 to 5 p.m. in Calcutta Square. This year's show features four classes: People's Choice, Judge's Choice, Rider's Choice and Best Chrome. Judging will take place at 5 p.m. There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted. For more information call 1-412-925-1060.
A car cruise from 2 to 7 p.m. in Calcutta Square will feature new, antique, classic and show cars. All kinds of cars are welcome and there is no entry fee, but donations are accepted. For more information call 330-382-1404.
Various food vendors will be set up in Calcutta Square offering a variety of food all day long. Other all day entertainment includes a 50/50 Raffle and a Chinese Auction with items donated from many local businesses. All drawings will start at 7 p.m. Winners must be present for the 50/50 drawing but need not be present for the Chinese Auction.
A fireworks display will top off the evening at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be staged on the hill adjacent to the Dunham's plaza. Music to coincide with the display will be broadcast on 106.3 "The River."
The annual Memorial Day festivities are made possible by the hard work and generosity of the community, says St. Clair Township Travel and Tourism Bureau Executive Director Deborah Koffel. She says this Memorial Day tradition would not be possible without the event's many sponsors, large and small.
"We are so thankful for our sponsors, the Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department, Shell Oil and River Valley Health Partners," said Koffel. "We would not be able to do this without them and our many other sponsors which are too numerous to name. It's a real community effort."