DARLINGTON − Fireworks and cooked meals; polo, a poker run and a parade; and don’t forget country music and raffles.
Darlington Days offers something for everyone.
The annual three-day celebration returns Friday through Sunday; a shining example of a community celebration done right.
“I would say our history and small-town feel is what draws so many people in,” said Darlington Days spokeswoman Sally Mahon. “There’s camaraderie for everyone. We kind of start the year with festivals. We’re like the first ones out the door.”
Step out the door and ride like the wind, as opening night features the most unique Friday Night Lights in the Valley – the Darlington Polo Club in action. Here’s your chance to see a real polo match on a dirt field 200 yards long and 75 feet wide in a hollow surrounded by backyards, woods, and a trout stream.
The 8 p.m. polo game costs $5 (free for under-16s), with that money used to pay the polo field’s monthly electricity bill.
New this year will be the addition of a Saturday afternoon polo match at 2:00 p.m., also at Darlington Polo Field, 3476 Darlington Road.
Whichever game you attend, be sure to hit up the refreshment stands for the Darlington Lions Club’s famous fries and funnel cakes.
Darlington Days gets an early jump for its Saturday schedule, with a 7 a.m. walk on the North Country Trail and a 5k run/walk at 8 a.m. Register on runsignup.com/darlingtondays5K
Then the Darlington Days Parade will begin marching at 10 a.m. The trophies will be awarded to the most beautiful fire engine, the rescue truck, the brush unit, the tractor, the classic car, the tank, the longest distance traveled and the oldest fire apparatus in service, as well as the coveted judges. ‘Award of Choice.
The parade marshal will be Brian Farkas, a social studies teacher at Beaver Falls High School and chairman of the Darlington Township Volunteer Fire Department since 2007.
Saturday also marks the citywide garage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Everyone has something to get rid of,” Mahon said.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., tours of the Greersburg Academy, McCarl Industrial Museum, McCoy Log Cabin, and Little Beaver Museum & Blacksmith Shop.
Saturday afternoon events in the town center include a horse-drawn wagon, magician and children’s area, arts and crafts, food vendors and music from the band. classic rock/country/Top 40 Whatevr.
Evening events include a 7 p.m. performance by popular country band Eldorado Band, mini fire pits for socializing, and a 10 p.m. fireworks show.
The socializing continues on Sunday, with more community garage sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. From noon to 4 p.m., the community car show, with the motto “Bring what you got”, downtown on Market Street, and live bluegrass east of Enon and Tug Creek.
Also that day is the Cannonball Run, a poker race with over 100 bikers. Money generated from previous Cannonball Runs has paid for the “Welcome to Darlington” sign downtown. Proceeds from this year’s 40-80 mile run will be used to put loose bricks back in place, solidify the base and give a boost to the city’s Daniel Leasure monument honoring the alum of the ‘Greersburg Academy in Darlington who served as a Union Brigade Commander during the Civil War War.
Scott Tady is entertainment editor at The Times and easy to reach at [email protected].