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Hope Fest to replace Wing Ding Thing in Philipsburg

by on September 06, 2018 11:02 AM

PHILIPSBURG — The Hope Fire Company in Philipsburg recently was left scrambling when its biggest fundraiser, the Wing Ding Thing Festival put on by the Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation, was cancelled. 

During the event, the fire company was to announce the winner of its raffle of a 2018 Chevy Silverado worth $50,000. Winners for the raffle need to be present to win, and the fire company liked having the festival going on in the background so that people had a reason to be downtown. But, the Philipsburg Revitalization Corporation decided to cancel the Wing Ding Thing because it did not have enough vendors, said Hope Fire Company committee chairman Justin Butterworth.

This left the fire company with a few choices of what to do — cancel and try again next year, or try to pull something together in a couple of weeks. According to Butterworth, they decided to put something together on short notice and, so far, things are going pretty well. Hope Fest and the truck giveaway will be hopping on North Front Street in Downtown Philipsburg from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8.

There will still be wings, but seven or eight other food vendors will be on hand, too, along with craft vendors and nonprofit exhibits. There also will be a band and solo act for entertainment, and Butterworth said they were able to secure a liquor license, so a beer truck will be at the fest, also.

At 7 p.m., the lucky winner of the truck will be drawn. Butterworth said the loaded  truck has “all the things that someone in central Pennsylvania would want in a truck.”

Butterworth said the truck giveaway is the largest fundraiser for the fire company. All the money raised from the truck giveaway goes toward the station and helps provide equipment the company needs. Butterworth said the fire company buys the raffle truck at a low price from Blaise Alexander. This year, a Diamondback truck cover will be added to the giveaway. Raffle tickets, which cost $10, will be available for purchase up until the giveaway occurs.

“Come on out. We are going to have a great time. It is a great support for the fire company,” said Butterworth.

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