Millvale Days jam-packed with music, food, events

Sunday, September 8, 2019 | 12:01 AM


The community has worked together to plan this year’s Millvale Days.

“Everybody in Millvale just wanted to be involved this year, which was different than every other year. There were people that once it got out that we needed help, a bunch of people stepped up,” event co-chairperson Tyler Machajewski said of the street festival she annually plans with her father, borough council president James Jr.

The street carnival featuring food, rides, games and music, is slated to start at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13, and 10 a.m. Sept. 14. It will end nightly at 10 p.m.

A car cruise will launch the festivities with a 5:45 p.m. line-up at Bauerstown Volunteer Fire Department, 15 Wible Road, then start down Grant Avenue at 6 p.m. Sept. 13. DJ Soulfulfella will provide an oldies soundtrack from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Grant Avenue will contain children’s rides and games in operation throughout the celebration.

Vendors will line up along the streets and local businesses will offer specials.

“Having people come in on Millvale Days from Reserve, Shaler, Fox Chapel, etc. and former residents of the area helps a lot. Some people say, ‘I drive past here every day but never stopped in.’ Millvale Days gives them that chance,” said John Tarallo, owner of Steel City Salt Co. on Grant Avenue.

“Millvale community leaders have been great hosts to my business at Millvale Community Development Corporation events. A Sharpsburg native, this river town as well as the others in the Triboro Ecodistrict are of interest to me. Volunteerism is high on my list, and I do what I can to support these communities,” said Robert “Snakeguy” Habegger, who will attend for the first time with his Just Right Spice pepper blends, spiced pretzels and seasonings.

Cousins Lounge, 203 Grant Ave., will host 12:30 and 2 p.m. Sept. 14 volleyball and men’s horseshoe tournaments, respectively.

Keystone State Wrestling Alliance will have shows at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and 3 p.m. Sept. 14 on Grant Avenue.

A parade will start at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 and travel from the Hardee’s along North Avenue, down Grant Avenue. Immediately afterward, Franks Pizza & Chicken will sponsor a pizza-eating contest on the main Grant Avenue music stage.

The same day, the Millvale Volunteer Fire Department will host a fire safety event from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sedgwick Street. Much larger than last year’s workshop, Machajewski, a firefighter, said the department will have demonstrations, smoke detector and T-shirt giveaways, Kona Ice treats and Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium animal exhibits.

Machajewski said Paul Bossung Jr., Millvale Music Festival chairman, has “made a difference this year” by serving as Millvale Days co-chairman.

“The Music Fest group jumped in to do a lot of work,” Bossung said.

Bossung noted that Millvale’s two music entities, the Millvale Music Festival and Mr. Smalls Theatre, are partnering to sponsor the festival’s local music lineup.

He described Friday’s bands Gene the Werewolf performing from 8 to 9 p.m. and Bastard Bearded Irishmen from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. as “awesome, rocking, fun bands.”

Saturday’s schedule includes: Sweaty Already String Band performing bluegrass from 1 to 3 p.m., Garter Shake, indie rock alternative, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m.; Misaligned Mind, indie rock, 6 to 7:15 p.m.; Nameless in August, folk rock, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and INCO FIdO, multi-genre 10-piece band, 9:15 to 10:30 p.m. on the main stage. Cousins Lounge and Double L Bar will provide their live music on stages at their own venues, as well.

For additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/the-borough-of-millvale-pa/millvale-days-2019-official/2360246607561659/.