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The Dallas Harvest Festival will prove a bit more than just a festival this time around.

"We're having a birthday party, and the people that come to the festival are the people that are going to get the presents," committee member Liz Martin said. "It's a big give-back for us this year."

Sunday's event will mark the 10th anniversary of the festival, which has evolved tremendously through the years.

"We've gone through a lot of different stages with the Harvest Festival," Martin said.

"We've grown within our boundaries, we've experimented, added and subtracted things, but this year, we're really coming back to the original festival."

That original festival, which began in 2003, had only 79 days of planning. That year saw about 75 vendors and 5,000 people line Main Street.

"If anyone told us back then that we'd be celebrating a 10th birthday, we probably all would have laughed."

This year the festival will offer much in the way of local entertainment, a chili cook-off, mini library auction, petting zoo and harvest farm for children and a festival favorite: the Kiss the Pig contest.

"Every one that I've ever invited to take part in it has very graciously done so, even if they didn't really want to kiss a pig," Martin said with a laugh.

"They went along with it for the sake of the community."

This year old favorites will come back for the contest and include Dallas Borough Mayor Tim Carroll, Kunkle Fire Chief Jack Dodson, Dallas Middle School Principal Tom Duffy and former Dallas Rotary President Lisa Pretko.

Martin urges people to get out and vote for a winner, something they can do until Saturday. The winner will be announced at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Votes are $1 each and can be cast at Dallas Borough and Township municipal offices; Fuel-On (former UniMart), Dallas; J&J Deli, Dallas; N-Mart, Trucksville; Ochman's Coins & Jewelry, Dallas; and Pizza Perfect, Trucksville. Voters also can throw their chosen name into a jar at the festival on Sunday.

A 12:30 p.m. ceremony will take place with original chairman Rich Fufaro plus some birthday cake to celebrate.

Another new addition this year is Barnum & Bailey clown shows every hour in the Kids Corner next to the municipal building.

If you go

What: Dallas Harvest Festival

When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Main Street, Dallas

More info: www.dallasharvestfestival.com or 675-1950.


Main stage

Noon: Dallas Middle School Jazz Band

12:30 p.m.: 10th-birthday festivities

1 p.m.: Major Singers

1:20 p.m.: David Blight dancers

1:40 p.m.: Best of Open Mic winners

2 p.m.: Mike Lewis

2:20 p.m.: "Panther Dream" Body Language Studios

2:40 p.m.: Take the Stage Dancers

3 p.m.: Kiss the Pig Contest

3:20 p.m.: "Jack and the Beanstalk" excerpts from Northeast Youth Theater

3:45 p.m.: Back Mountain Dance Studio

4:05 p.m.: Emerald Isle Dancers

4:25 p.m.: At Home Band

At 1 p.m. Dallas Tap and Grille's dining room will be filled with free party accoutrements, such as cupcakes, hats, necklaces and balloons. A photo booth will be set up at 24 Main St., next to the Embellish home store.

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