Thursday parade a highlight of the Pleasant Gap Fire Company carnival

Kids night kicked off the Pleasant Gap Fire Company carnival Wednesday, and the fun will continue through Saturday at the carnival grounds, at 475 Robinson Lane off state Route 26.

The annual parade through town will step off Thursday at 6:30 p.m., rain or shine. The route begins at the elementary school, travels down Main Street, to Mack Avenue, then over to the carnival grounds.

After the parade Thursday, the Bellefonte Area High School band will perform.

“We’re really excited about this week,” said Nick Giacobe, carnival publicity chairman. “The parade is our super-big event. But we’ve got some good bands coming in who will keep people entertained while they’re running around enjoying the food, playing the games and riding the rides.”

On Friday, the band Hybrid Ice will play from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The Danville-based quintet does a mix of original music and cover tunes from acts such as Queen, Pink Floyd, Yes and The Who.

The modern country band AC Express will perform Saturday from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The local five-piece group plays the songs of Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and others, as well as classic rock and pop selections.

On Friday and Saturday, a chicken barbecue will be available beginning at 4 p.m. Giacobe urges folks to get there early before the chicken is sold out.

Throughout the week, one-price wrist bands will allow carnivalgoers to enjoy the rides all night.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into this,” Giacobe said. “All of our food stands are run by fire department folks. You’ll see firemen in there flipping burgers or making french fries.”

And the weather has cooled off a bit. Giacobe just hopes the rain stays away.

“Seems like we always get rain,” he said. “But we’re happy that the weatherman seems to be cooperating this year.”

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