CRANBERRY TWP — Community Days will be buzzing this year with more vendors, a new layout and the new Chainsaw Expo and Village featuring 12 international chainsaw artists.
“I expect this will be our biggest Community Days ever,” said Bruce Mazzoni, Community Days organizer and Cranberry Township Community Chest board member.
In addition to the usual attractions like the carnival, nightly concerts, Thursday night car cruise, Saturday morning 5K race and pancake breakfast, and Saturday night fireworks, Cranberry Community Days will have 50 percent more booths, Mazzoni said.
The change is from 190 spaces to 290. It’ll be easier to navigate the booths as they are laid out in neighborhoods around Cranberry.
The corridors have the names of local streets, and the booths are labeled with house numbers.
“Now when people ask where a certain vendor is, we literally can give them an address — like 314 Fernway — and they should look at the street signs and head there,” Mazzoni said.
A dozen chainsaw artists will create sculptures each day of the festival, as well as bring their favorite carvings to display.
“These guys are the best of the best, and they are coming to Cranberry Community Days for you to see them in action,” Mazzoni said.
To keep the noise to a minimum, the artists will be using electric or cordless saws while at the event. There will be sculptures available for sale on-site at the village, during a live auction Friday and Saturday nights, and at an online auction that opens on July 16.
Community Days serves not only as a celebration of the township’s nonprofit and civic organizations, but also to launch the CTCC’s next project of the year and begin fundraising.
The 2019 project is called “Forge Ahead” and will bring updates to the Cranberry Public Library. The $750,000 project, the group’s largest to date, will create a MakerSpace for children to engage in hands-on learning projects and install radio frequency identification equipment to make checking out easier.
New automatic sliding doors will be installed at the entrance to make it easier for patrons with disabilities to use and energy and environmental improvements will be made throughout the facility, including new lighting, painting and carpeting.
Want to go?
Cranberry Community Days will run Thursday to Saturday in Community Park. The carnival and vendor booths open at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and close at 11 p.m. all days. The event is hosted by the Cranberry Township Community Chest.
For more information, visit ctcchest.org.