60th anniversary event being planned

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The King Coal Association will meet Thursday at the Carmichaels & Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department to continue preparations for the 60th Annual Pennsylvania Bituminous King Coal Show. The weeklong schedule of events will take place Aug. 17-24 in Carmichaels. The theme this year is “King Coal: A Diamond Celebration.”


At its July 11 meeting, the board of directors and committee members went over details for the annual Sara Ruth Memorial Golf Outing, entertainment for the grounds of the fire department, the Coal Queen Pageant and carnival.


The four-person scramble golf outing will take place Aug. 17. The committee requests that at least one member of each team be affiliated with the coal mining industry. The entry fee per team member is $70. The fee includes lunch, half price golf cart rental, along with sandwiches and beverages at the turn. Lunch will be served at 1:30 p.m. Only the first 36 teams to sign up will be accepted. The cut off for entering teams is Aug. 3.


Registration at the outing will take place at 7:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Bob Schiffbauer at 724-998-8919, or Lisa Allison 412-400-4939.


Board member Craig Baily said he was thrilled to have the Thomas Family Amusements bringing their carnival to the show for a third year. The board noted in 2012 that it was the first time in many years that the carnival made money for the association. Baily said a company representative told him they would be bringing additional rides in August to fill up the grounds of the fire department.


Advanced all-day ride tickets for the carnival will be sold at Brodak’s Shop-N-Save in Carmichaels. The price is $8 per ticket.


Music for the weeklong festivities will include D.J. Dave Plavi, and live bands Double Down and Hit-N-Run.


Coal Queen Pageant coordinator Becky Mitchell told the board the 2013 contestants will be escorted by Lewis’ Limo to dinner and a show in Morgantown on Aug. 3. Mitchell said the girls have done an excellent job so far at bringing in sponsorships for the pageant.


The new queen will be crowned Aug. 18 at the Carmichaels Area High School auditorium. She will follow in the footsteps of 2012 Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen Ashley Avolio. Avolio, the daughter of Armondo and Kathy Avolio of Washington was the first queen in the pageant’s history from Trinity High School. During her reign, Avolio has taken the traditional tour of a working coal mine and visited the state capitol, as well as represented the association at fairs and events throughout the area.


In other matters, the board approved a request from a group of community members who are interested in organizing a 5K run/walk for the 2014 King Coal show. Logistics of the race, such as what course it would follow were discussed.


A monetary donation was given to the fire department in memory of Frank Shoaf. A donation of a crock and 50th anniversary King Coal Show book were approved for the car show at the Ice Plant Restaurant in Greensboro.


A schedule of events and other information for the Coal Show are available at www.kingcoalshow.org.


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