Forest City mayor Christopher Glinton is pleased to announce that a full schedule of events, activities, and entertainment will take place during the borough’s Trail Town Festival, slated to be held this weekend from August 2 to 4.

The celebration kicks off on Friday night with a nod to the spirit of Old Home Week, a community-wide event that used to be held every summer as a way of welcoming back folks who moved away, as well as a way of bringing the community together to celebrate the ethnic, religious, and civic connections shared by the people of the town and the surrounding towns.

The school has always been a shared experience for people growing up in Forest City, so on Friday night the Forest City Regional School will open its doors to all alumni and other interested people who would like to gather to reminisce about their time at the school.

The event will also give people the opportunity to tour the newly-remodeled building, and will feature light fare for snacking, wine tasting, and live music by Blue London. The open house at the school takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks at Kennedy Park at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 3, is packed full of activities from morning to night, starting off with the Coal Cracker Race on the D&H Rail-Trail at 9:00 a.m., followed by bike rides along the trail at 11:00 a.m. A bus tour of the D&H Rail-Trail for the elderly and disabled will depart at 1:00 p.m. from the trailhead (to reserve a seat, call 570-679-9300).

Activities along Forest City’s Main St. will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a variety of vendors set up along the 500 block, which will be closed to traffic. “We have vendors coming with arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, food, and more. We’ll even have tarot card readings,” said Mayor Glinton.

Cook’s “Not Just Ribs” will have barbeque brisket and ribs, chicken, and cabbage and noodles starting at 11:00 a.m. and available until after the light parade. From 1:00-4:00 p.m., children’s activities including a bounce house, paint-a-truck, pony rides, and touch-a-truck will take place. Also slated for Saturday are live music by Rich Priebe from 2:00-4:00 p.m., a corn hole tournament at 11:00 a.m., and a demonstration by Lynette’s Twirlerettes at 4:00 p.m.

From 5:00-7:00 p.m., there will be lively polka favorites on Main St., followed by a demonstration by the Red Dragon Karate School at 7:30 p.m. A light parade with over 30 participants is slated to take place along Main St. at 9:00 p.m., followed by an after-party at DG’s Bar & Grill at 10:00 p.m.

Frugal Living and J&J Outlet Store will be selling merchandise at reduced rates. The J&J Outlet Store has a selection of towels, robes, shower curtains, blankets, rugs, etc. and is located at 100 Delaware St. Frugal Living will have a selection of baby products at bargain prices.

Also on Saturday, the Forest City Historical Society Museum will be open to the public. The Distinguished Citizens Awards ceremony honoring this year’s recipients, Joseph Franceski, Jr. and John Opeka will take place at the museum at 11:00 a.m., followed by a kids’ color run at noon and a kiddie carnival in the museum basement at 1:00 p.m. From 3:00-4:00 p.m., the Forest City American Legion post’s 100th anniversary celebration will take place at the museum as well.

On Sunday, August 3, a fishing derby for kids 12 and under will be held at Kennedy Park from 9:00 a.m. until noon, followed by a chicken BBQ hosted by the Forest City Parks and Recreation Committee. Tickets for the BBQ are available at Forest City businesses. A pickle ball tournament will take place from noon until 3:00, rounding out the Trail Town Festival activities.

For those who still want more to do, Forest City will be hosting a National Night Out event along with nearly 17,000 other communities nationwide on August 6. This national event promotes police-community camaraderie and a sense of community. It will take place from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Kennedy Park and will feature opportunities for kids to win one of four bicycles, face painting, National Night Out souvenirs, refreshments, touch-a-truck with local fire departments, and the opportunity to talk to and take photos with local police officers.