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Heat is on for next week’s Burning Mountain Festival

Since the late 1800s, incendiary fires have smoldered beneath New Castle in now-abandoned coal mines. Once a year at the height of summer, the heat is on above ground as the town erupts into an incandescent party that is the Burning Mountain Festival.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first festival. It promises to be bigger, better, and about as much fun as a person can have, legally.

The Burning Mountain Festival runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 16-20.

The fun begins Wednesday, July 16, at 7 p.m. when the Dags take to the Burning Mountain Park stage to proffer their own version of rock and roll dance music.

Throughout the weekend there will be music, food and craft booths, an art exhibit, dancing and plenty of good fun for the kids.

Featured this year is the food of New Castles’ eateries, including the City Market Deli, Garcia’s, the New Castle Cafe, Hogback Pizza, the Elk Creek Mining Co, and SuperBowl.

The Budweiser Beer and Wine Garden will be open for whistle-whetting all day Saturday and into the evening.

There’ll be some old fashioned fun as well, with a traditional egg toss. The team that actually succeeds in transferring an egg from one player to another over a yawning chasm of 10 feet is the winner.

Burning Mountain Festival would not be complete without the annual parade that moves off down Main Street at 10 a.m. Saturday.

This year it will feature a bevy of classic cars. They’ll be parked all day at the east end of town for coveting.

Above all, Burning Mountain Festival is for families.

“The big focus is on families and children. We want to make it fun for community families,” said festival chairman Charlie Ringer.

Don’t forget to check out the doins’ in Ritter Plaza on Main Street in mid-town New Castle.

There’ll be music, magicians and clowns beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running to 7 p.m.

Both Saturday and Sunday open with pancake breakfasts offered for cheap and which support local organizations. Sunday morning will also open with some good old Gospel music and wind up with a family bowling tournament at SuperBowl.

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