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WAYNESBURG -- Residents young and old gathered at St. James Parish on Saturday to celebrate a their village's bicentennial.
A small parade that marched down Lisbon Street helped begin the festivities. A crowd gathered along one of the main streets in the village as familiar faces and vehicles walked and drove by. The parade included local politicians and candidates, 95-year-old Virginia Mastroine, a Sandy Valley little league baseball team, Little Cardinal cheerleaders, a Fluppy's Ice Cream vehicle and local emergency vehicles.
Crowds then filed into St. James School and Parish and enjoyed warm temperatures on the first day of October. Numerous food stands were set up selling french fries, hamburgers, ribs, pizza and pasta. Waynesburg village officials also helped serve cold drinks at one of the stands.
A dunk tank was set up at one of the far ends of the building. Next to that, a disc jockey played a variety of music. A few children grabbed a microphone to sing a couple of tunes.
Local band Red Ravin' played live music later in the evening.
This is the second straight year a Sandy Valley area community has celebrated a bicentennial. East Sparta, Pike Township and Sandyville held celebrations last year.
See upcoming editions of The Press-News for other bicentennial features.