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Warren Scott WARMS UP THE CROWD – Local dance group Twice as Nice drew big crowds as they opened the first night of entertainment for Follansbee Community Days, which continues through Sunday.

FOLLANSBEE – Grab an assortment of food, add live music for three nights and inflatable attractions for the kids and you have the recipe for a generous serving of Follansbee Community Days.

The three-day festival continues this weekend with a parade down Main Street at 1 p.m. Saturday and a classic car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lyle’s Auto Sales & Service.

Many turned out early Friday night to grab a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors and browse the variety of craft and other stalls set up in the parking lot of the Follansbee Community House awaiting performances by Twice as Nice and the Jersey Beach Boys. .

Saturday’s lineup includes Fantasy at 6 p.m. and Skyliners at 8:30 p.m. Sunday entertainment includes The Fabulous Gemtones, performing favorites from the 1960s to the present, at 6 p.m.; and the British Legends Tribute, a Canadian band that pays tribute to British singers ranging from the BeeGees to Elton John.

A fireworks display will close the festival around 10 p.m. on Sunday.

The Weirton Transit Corp. provides free shuttles to the festival site from a lot near the intersection of State Route 2 and Mahan Lane. For some, it will serve as an introduction to the public transport provider, which is expanding service to the city this week.

Among the many attendees on Friday night was Keith Mansfield of Weirton and his daughter, Willow.

Keith said the variety of food is his favorite part of Community Days, with steak subs being a particular favourite.

“I love all the local artists” said Willow, who referred to area residents who produced a variety of handmade items to sell there.

The food also received high marks from Rex Lancaster, who said he was impressed with the assortment on offer this year.

“The food is good and it is also a good variety. Stuff you’ve always seen and a few new ones too,” he says as he watches his family enjoy the inflatable attractions set up for children.

Among the many entrees sold by food trucks and stands were barbecued ribs, pulled pork, bourbon chicken and smoked shrimp subs; pizza, calzones, hot dogs, mac and cheese, canoli, ice cream and funnel cakes.

Lancaster added, “We will be back in the next two days to listen to the music.”

Don Layburn, the Community Days committee member who organizes the musical guests, said he was already working on next year’s performers.

Tom Ludewig, who co-chairs the group with Nina Meca, said its volunteer members work very hard every year and hope everyone has fun.

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