STRATTANVILLE - There was no Strattanville Homecoming celebration in 2018 there just weren't enough volunteers to pull it off.
On a cold and snowy evening back in January of this year, about 25 Strattanville residents turned out to talk about getting "Homecoming" back on track.
And, they've done so.
Strattanville Homecoming will kick off Thursday, Sept. 12 with community yard sales and continue through Sunday, Sept. 15 with a craft and vendor show and car cruise.
"We didn't have it last year," said Strattanville Volunteer Fire Fighter Judy Rawson at the January open meeting. "People were upset. We (the Strattanville Volunteer Fire Department members) were upset. But during homecoming, the fire fighters are all over town, directing traffic, putting up signs, cleaning up, running booths and events and by Saturday night, when it's time for the big dance and all the fun, we're all headed home to bed because we're worn out."
Rawson continued, "For this to go on, the community has to be involved. Homecoming was never meant to be a fire company event."
Jessica Bracken grew up in Strattanville and remembers Homecoming with great fondness.
Bracken moved away to Pittsburgh for several years but moved "back home" in 2016.
"I was battling cancer then," Bracken explained. "I was in chemo and really couldn't get involved then."
But by January 2019, Bracken had beaten cancer and she was worried Homecoming would become only a memory.
"I hated to think it might die," Bracken said of Homecoming. "I decided to step up and bring everyone together a lot of people, people and groups, took a piece of Homecoming and are making it happen again."
Clarion County Commissioner and Strattanville resident Wayne Brosius is heading up the Chinese auction committee.
"All of the committees have been meeting since last winter," said Brosius. "Jessica Bracken kind of organized everything and headed up the meetings.
"Everyone came together and split up the duties so there were more than just one person trying to get everything done and it's worked out very well."
Brosius said he and other committee chairs are hoping for a "good event."
What's on tap
Strattanville Homecoming will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 15 with a variety of activities planned for the yearly celebration.
Community yard sales will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 through Friday, Sept. 13.
Friday, Sept. 13 events will conclude with fireworks at dark by Star Fire. This event is sponsored by Strattanville Homecoming.
For Saturday, Sept. 14, a chicken barbeque dinner will begin at noon. Dinner includes: one-half chicken, scalloped potatoes, baked beans, corn, roll and dessert. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Proceeds from this event benefit Strattanville Homecoming. Food and refreshments served in bottom bay by fire department personnel.
Other activities for Saturday will include entertainment for the children from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Magic Square and fire company parking lot (will resume following parade). Cost of tickets for games are: 10 tickets for $8; 15 tickets for $12 and 20 tickets for $15 and a Chinese auction will be held all day at the fire hall. This event is sponsored by Community Watch of Strattanville.
For questions about the auction, contact Wayne at (814) 764-3692.
Also on Saturday, The United Methodist Church will offer a bake sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the parsonage.
At 4 p.m. the Homecoming parade begins and a dance will be held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the fire hall with music by "Against the Grain." The dance is BYOB with a 50/50 raffle. For more information about the dance contact Jessica Bracken at (412) 807-8584.
The celebration winds down Sunday, Sept. 15, with a craft and vendor show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire hall. For more information contact Michelle Reid at (814) 316-5787.
The final activity for Sunday is a car cruise from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Main Street. To register for this event contact Chuck Lott at (814) 379-3498. Food and refreshments provided by Strattanville Fire Department.
Homecoming events are subject to change without notice.