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    Evans City celebrates Oktoberfest EVANS CITY — The aroma of festival food, the delighted squeals of children experiencing their first carnival ride, and the smiles of neighbors greeting one another marked the 26th annual Evans City Oktoberfest this weekend. It started Friday and runs through Sunday. Folks on Friday evening enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, homemade haluski and other fare under the tents at the intersection of Wahl Avenue and Jackson Street. “Hands down, my favorite are the funnel cakes,” said Lee Simpson, who sported a spiked dog collar, facial piercings, and ear gauges. “People look at me weird, but they don’t say anything once they meet me,” Simpson said. The lifelong Evans City resident said the Oktoberfest is important because it brings the community together. “It seems like this keeps the community close and reminds each other that the people you knew are still here,” Simpson said. His friend Paige Miller couldn’t decide whether the french fries, funnel cake or root beer were her favorite. Miller, who graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 2012, is a regular at Oktoberfest. “It’s a tradition,” Miller said. “I’ve done it every year, even if I’m broke.” But, she said, the 2013 festival holds a tinge of sadness because she missed seeing Roy “Sonny” Waugaman, a fifth-grade teacher at Evans City Elementary School who died on Thursday. “He was an Evans City native,” Miller said. “He was always at Oktoberfest.” In addition to the food, booths hawking homemade wreaths, face painting, candles, photos, jewelry, chrysanthemums, crocheted hats and other items lined the streets. Organizations such as the Lions and Rotary clubs also set up booths. Lee Dyer, a borough councilman who manned the Rotary booth, sold mums as well as haluski and stuffed cabbage. Dyer said in addition to bringing revenue to businesses, Oktoberfest served the important function of bringing the community together. “Neighbors can sit and relax, visit the booths, and have a bite to eat together,” Dyer said. Councilman Karl Kennedy said he and his wife, Theresa, serve on various Oktoberfest committees. Their main task is to coordinate the collection of items donated by businesses for the gift baskets. Kennedy said they collect $600 to $700 in gift cards each year, in addition to merchandise. Bob Demask of the Evans City Senior Center sat with fellow center members at the booth where a handmade quilt and wooden glider/rocker are being raffled off for $1 a ticket. Demask said the women of the senior center, some in their 90s, hand stitch the a quilt each year for the raffle. He said new members are always welcome at the center, where those aged 60 or older can enjoy a daily lunch or participate in activities available there. “Evans City is the friendliest,” Demask said. The weekend-long festival is rounded out by a various acts on the Jackson Street stage, silent auction baskets at the fire hall, a parade and fireworks on Saturday, a car cruise, and a community church service to end the festival on Sunday afternoon.

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