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Festival time in the Valley: Businesses trek back to past for Eighth Avenue Days

Wednesday, August 01, 2001

By Jim Hosek, Tri-State Sports & News Service

The historic Homestead-Munhall-West Homestead business district will be lively tomorrow through Saturday with the 2001 Eighth Avenue Days.

The event is a throwback to the past, Homestead Weed and Seed Coordinator Denise Spang said, noting that many local people and groups have been longing to do something to draw positive attention to Eighth Avenue. Sidewalk sales, she said, used to be held annually and were very popular.

Eighth Avenue Days is expected to become an annual event in the future.

There will be sidewalk sales during regular business hours by many businesses; food booths and tables; live entertainment from noon to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. daily; noon bingo at the LifeSpan courtyard; a display of antique cars; flea and farmers' markets daily; and such children's activities as face painting, a ride, dunking machine and balloons.

A preview of the Steel Valley Arts Council's second exhibition will be held tomorrow from noon to 5 p.m. at 303 E. Eighth Ave. This exhibit of the diversity of Steel Valley artists' styles follows a successful first exhibit in June and July, which featured contemporary artists.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday . The show will run through Aug. 17.

During Eighth Avenue Days, there will be food specials offered by Duke's Upper Deck, Chiodo's, Michael's Restaurant, Conrad's and Jack's Variety.

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