Community Days a success in Follansbee


 Food vendors, bouncy houses, antique car show–you name it, and Community Days in Follansbee has got it.

The annual three day festival kicked off its 24th year Friday night with live music and has not slowed down. Tonight it will wrap up with a professional fireworks show. 

“I mean, who couldn’t like it? I mean, we have the great bands and we have all the other stuff for them,” said Tom DiBattista, Community Days Committee Member. “It’s hard not to like. I mean really, think about it.”

Another unique activity at Community Days? The stock car races. Kids can sign up in both the super-stock and stock class divisions where there is an overall winner selected in each.

It’s an event they plan to continue every year at the festival, and as Mayor of Follansbee David Velegol says, this year’s festival has been one of the best to date.

“Community Days is really going great. We had a great kick-off dinner with President Gee. He was our keynote speaker. The bands have been fantastic. Last night we had ABBA. Tonight, we have the Eagles band, and tonight we have our big firework show,” said Velegol. 

It’s more than just a local attraction. In fact, people travel some all over the country to attend the festival.

“Last night when they did the ABBA concert, they asked how many people were from out of town and how far they were. We have people from Florida coming up. We have people from Michigan coming down. We have people from Canada. It’s amazing how many people from over 4 hours away came into town for Community Days,” Velegol added.

It’s impossible not to have a good time at the Follansbee Community Days, but, most of all, the sense of camaraderie is what keeps it going year after year.

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