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A long-standing tradition: SS.C.D. Lawn Festival returns to town this weekend

July 30, 2013

(Photo by Larry McGuire of The Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — For 74 years, the Saints Cosmas and Damian Roman Catholic Church has followed a tradition that has brought not only members of the parish together but also members of the community — the Annual SS.C.D. lawn festival.

A fixture of the community since 1886, the church is rich with history. The lawn festival began in 1939, when the Catholic Daughters of the Americas ladies wanted to have a social for the parish,
so they had a strawberry shortcake festival out on the lawn. That festival marked the beginning of what would soon be known as the SS.C.D. Lawn Festival, an event that continues to this day.

For the full story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Spirit.

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