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Community Day rallies Meyersdale residents

July 2, 2018

Chainsaw carving demonstrations, carnival games and clowns making balloon figures were just some of the hallmarks of a new community day in Meyersdale Saturday.

Crowds of people went to the Center Street party that was put together by Somerset Trust staff.

Volunteers said they wanted to have the event coincide with the Meyersdale Parks and Recreation’s Fourth of July Fireworks on Sunday.

Michael Miller, the administrator for the Somerset Trust Meyersdale branch, said the event was about bringing people together.

“It’s bringing the community together, and making them aware that (Somerset Trust) is here in the community,” he said.

Residents were able to listen to music from Country Express, get face painting from Pinky the Clown and have a cornhole tournament with prizes donated by the Meyersdale Area Merchants Association.

Miller said Somerset Trust branches were challenged to do events in the community during a company retreat last November.

The company could have chosen to do a smaller project, but Meyersdale branch staffers wanted to do something that everyone could get involved with.

“Our staff went big and we shut down the street,” he said. “We’re proud of what they did today.”

Jessica Spiker, a chainsaw artist from Jessie Lee Chainsaw Art, was carving pine trees and owls during her chainsaw sculpting demonstrations. Spiker said she was surprised by the turnout of residents coming out to the event.

“I think it’s awesome,” she said.

Despite holding the event with 80-degree weather and high humidity levels, Miller said volunteers were not worried about the turnout.

“We’ve got the tent set up for people to get under and we’ve got a sprinkler in the middle of the park here,” he said. “We’ve got plenty of drinks and food for people here.”

Nicole Eberly, from Meyersdale, said she was going into the library when she saw the festivities.

She called her family and minutes later they went over to see what everyone was talking about.

“I think it’s really great,” she said. “It’s a nice day for it and the food is really good. We’re still exploring.”

Miller said volunteers are waiting to see how things go, and hopefully have community day return next year to Meyersdale.

“If everything is a success today we hope to continue this on an annual basis,” he said.