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Tunnelton basks in its Glory Days

TUNNELTON — Tunnelton hosted its second Tunnelton Glory Days Festival Saturday, starting with a prayer at the Veterans Memorial Site and ending with fireworks.

The Rev. Dave Biggins, who was in charge of games and the bounce house, said there were plenty of opportunities for adults to have fun at the festival, as well.

Some of the daytime events included a corn hole tournament and a silent auction at the old Tunnelton School. The evening events included a talent show, a veterans hour that gave vets a chance to speak, and The Company House Road Band Concert held in the old school gymnasium.

A touch-a-truck show was held in the former Tunnelton Ambulance building parking lot. Kids were allowed to work the lights and sirens.

“We did it so the kids could make some memories,” Biggins said. “We’re going to try to keep it going every year. It brings a little life to the town.”

Two members of the Tunnelton Historical Society, Carolyn Messenger and Brenda McGinnis, said they attended the festival to raise money for the Tunnelton Depot Museum. They had an assortment of historic photo laminates, wood work items and custom T-shirts.

“Some of the items can only be bought through the historical society or at the depot,” Messenger said.

Danielle Albright, a fourth-grade teacher at South Preston, said she attended the festival to talk about and sell her first book, “Marigold Worries.”

“I had a little girl in my class who worried a lot,” she said. “I wrote the book to show others how to work with worries. I included the steps she and I took to help her work with her worries.”
Albright said she is working on a second book about perfection.

“It’s about working with children who believe they have to be perfect,” she said.”

Samantha Long, of Manna’s Inspiration, said she has been selling Avon for more than 10 years. Long had a table of Avon items for sale, including jewelry, makeup and Skin so Soft.

She also had a display of items from her family business, including signs, pictures and other craft items,
“One thing that sets us apart from other woodworkers is we like to do the live-edge wood,” Long said. Live-edge wood is wood that has the tree bark around it.

Carrie Poier and her daughter Natalie, of Facebook Glass Therapy, had a display of sun catchers and stained glass.

Carrie works with stained glass, and her daughter Natalie crafts crystal sun catchers.

“I started nine months ago,” Carrie said. “I began by reading and watching videos. I taught myself how to do stained glass.”

Natalie said she is available for custom sun catcher orders or commissions.