It must be summer: Old Home Week is next week

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A long-standing summertime tradition returns next week, as the Punxsutawney Fire Department will hold its Old Home Week Tuesday through Saturday at the carnival grounds located behind the west side of the Punxy Plaza.

Tami McFarland, president of the Old Home Week committee, said the carnival has actually been located in several different locations around town, including Maple Avenue at the baseball fields; Mahoning Street downtown; the National Guard Armory on North Findley Street; and now behind the Punxy Plaza.

McFarland said J&J Amusements will return to the midway for the carnival once again this year and is known for having one of the finest midways in the eastern United States. This year, there will be six children’s and six adult rides.

Carnival hours are from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Once again, there will be nightly prize drawings held at 10:30 p.m. at the bingo tent. Participants must be 18 years of age and must be present to win.

Prizes this year include:
• Tuesday — A $200 Sheetz gift card for gasoline donated by a friend of the fire department.
• Wednesday — A $250 gift certificate to Mahoning Valley Milling donated by co-owners Barney and Jim Wehrle.
• Thursday — A $300 gift certificate to CRW Home Center donated by owners Tim and Cindy Chambers.
• Friday — A $250 gift certificate to County Market donated by owner Tim Fezell.
• Saturday — A $399 La-Z-Boy recliner by Jay Philliber, owner of Johnston Furniture.

Members of the Punxsutawney Fire Department and their immediate family members — or anyone living in the same household — are not eligible to win.

In the event of rain, the drawing will be held the next evening. If there is rain next Saturday, the winner will be notified by the committee and will not have to be present to win.

Pete Pape, chairman of the prize committee, thanks all the businesses who have gone out of their way to support the fire department.

Pape said the Old Home Week committee also thanks the Libby Corporation, owners of the Punxy Plaza, for providing the land on which the carnival is held.

Tickets for the carnival are on sale in front of County Market in the Groundhog Plaza and Peebles in the Punxy Plaza.

Ticket prices remain the same as last year: A book of seven tickets and strings are available in advance, and anyone with a string can ride all of the rides all night long.

String Nights are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this year, while Wednesday is JCARC day, when the carnival opens for guests from Camp Friendship and from the rest of the county who get to ride for free.

Pape said much of the proceeds from the carnival are divided among all three Punxsy fire companies and the department to help with operating expenses.

The annual firefighters’ parade will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 2, in downtown Punxsutawney.

Anyone who is interested in participating should contact McFarland at 952-2626.