Monday, July 26, 2004

Union Centre prepares for Bash

Festival's plans don't include rain

By Nancy Young
Enquirer contributor

WEST CHESTER TWP. - Organizers of the second Union Centre Boulevard Bash have their schedule set. Now they can only hope the weather cooperates with their plan.

Rain and muddy conditions dampened the inaugural event last year, meant to bring local residents together and draw visitors to the booming area around the Union Centre interchange of Interstate 75. The event - Aug. 13-15 - has been expanded from two to three days.

The music lineup ranges from the rock band Fuel, Saturday evening's headliner, to oldies performers such as Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band, the Turtles and Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on Sunday.

The festivities include food from local restaurants, games and rides, entertainment and a fireworks display capping Friday night's activities. New this year is a 5K race beginning Sunday at the West Chester Fire Department.

"Grass has grown (at the site) and so has the event," said Pam Shrout, property manager for the Streets of West Chester and head of marketing for the Bash.

"The schedule looks like they have planned food and entertainment for all ages, which is great for our family," said West Chester resident Karyn Dobson.


The festival will take place at Centre Point and Union Centre Boulevard, just off I-75 north of I-275. For more information, contact the Downtown Council at 579-3197.

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