In the shadow of a town made hard by a history embroiled in quarry work, along lonely main streets and on the banks of the beautiful Dunbar Creek is held the annual Dunbar Community Fest. In a place like Dunbar there is a kind of deep-seeded desire to keep close the bonds of a small community. So it is, Community Fest truly is a community festival of the most genuine order, an event very much like a homecoming or reunion. It is a good ole time where the people are like one. It is heartfelt and it is inspiring.
Community Fest officially opens on Friday night with musical act in the town square, but it isn’t till Saturday that things really start to heat up. The morning kicks things into gear with a 5K race through town and then action promptly move to a bicycle poker ride and volleyball tournament. In the late morning a parade marches through town, with members of the Dunbar Citizens Group riding in the Kennywood Trolley, guiding the promenade. Through the afternoon run family-focused events such as corn hole tournaments, a petting zoo, and rides along the Fayette Central Railroad. There is also a duck derby down the Dunbar Creek which is always well attended.
Through the entire weekend, guests to Community Fest can enjoy a selection of local bands, playing mostly in the evenings. There is too, performances by the popular Dunbar Actors. A pageant is held in honor of the festival, and from the Little Miss Dunbar and the Colonel Dunbar are crowned. The pageant is open to girls and boys from kindergarten to third grade. The car show is always a popular event as cool hot rods, big trucks and sleek bikes line the town streets. There is a small craft show and flea market featuring sellers from across the area and a very impressive quilt show. All weekend long visitors are sure to enjoy the homemade ethnic foods by churches and local organizations.