Rock the Burg

Bedford County’s got talent, and organizers of a new event in Schellsburg are hoping to showcase it.

The Schellsburg and Old Log Church Historical Society and the Schellsburg Lions Club are partnering to hold the first “Rock the ‘Burg” event on Sept. 15.

The show will be from 1 to 5 p.m. at the community park, rain or shine.

The festivities will include a cruise-in, food vendors, games and live music, but the main attraction of the event is slated to be a talent show in which participants can showcase any skill set.

“It can be anything,” Stephanie Hills, an organizer with the historical society, said about what talents will be on display.

“We’re just hoping people come out and enjoy it as an end-of-summer event.”

The talent show will be split into two divisions — one for adults and children ages 12 and older, and one for children under 12.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the first place contestant in both levels, while the second place contestants will receive $50.

Hills said organizers have reached out to local schools and have been spreading fliers and brochures around the county in hopes of drawing in participants.

The registration forms to participate in the show can be picked up at the Lions Den, The Zone, Shawnee Country Market and Best Way in Pleasantville. Forms also are available online at www.facebook.com/SchellsburgRocktheBurg or by emailing rocktheburg19@gmail.com.

There is no entry fee. Registration for the show has been extended until Sept. 9.

The Rock the ‘Burg event will feature live music by Earth Angel prior to the talent show, and will include both horseshoe and cornhole tournaments.

Hills said there will be a number of games and activities for children as well, including scavenger hunts.

“There’s bunch of fun stuff,” she said. “We want kids to run around, laugh and have fun.”

Organizers of the event are hoping it can become an annual tradition in the borough.

She said fun activities provide entertainment for the community and can shine a light on the work being done by the two organizations.

Hills said the Lions Club conducts a variety of service projects through the year, while the historical society works to hold education events.

“We want to get the kids active and involved with the history of our area,” Hills said.

The society also organizes the Hometown Heroes banner program, including the Schellsburg Salute event.

The two organizations will fundraise at the event through basket auctions.

Hills said the event will be part of a series of festivities in Schellsburg over the next few weeks, beginning the the Shawnee Valley Volunteer Fire Company’s 59th annual Street Fair and Ox Roast, which will be Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

The eight annual Tractorfest will be held Sept. 27 to 29 at the Shawnee Valley Fire Company pavilion and picnic grounds.

Hills said the historical society and fire company auxiliary will team up to hold two “Spirits of Schellsburg” walking tours in October to celebrate fall. The tours will be Oct. 5 and 12 from 5 to 9 p.m., beginning at the fire hall.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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