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Fall & Winter 1996
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Fayette Festival Association

The Fayette Festival Association, a 501(c)(3) Fay-West Tourism Promotion Organization, will celebrate its 50th anniversary soon with a major project called "Return to the Turn of the Century." This concept was first proposed by tourism expert, James H. DeOre, as a by-way driving park concept linking Route 70 and the New Stanton Turnpike gateway with the National Road and Route 30 federal highway projects. Fayette Festival believes that their support will help to develop the tourism industry in western Fayette and Southern Westmoreland Counties. The Fayette Festival Association played a major role for many years as the tourism promotion agency for Fayette County. "We are very excited about the role the Association will play in this effort," say Gladys Lee Powell, President of the Fayette Festival Association. "We look forward to announcing our participation through a seed grant to move this project forward. We expect to be the lead agency in this program."

For more information on the "Return to the Turn of the Century" or other Fayette Festival Association projects, call President Powell at 724-736-4383.

The Great Train Robberies

The Fayette County Horseowners Association's "Over the Hill Gang" spent a part of their summer robbing trains (all in fun of course). During the course of one of the robberies, the "gang leader" was captured and there was a mighty celebration for his hanging, replete with Can Can dancers and a burial at Boot Hill. After the funeral, the mourners gathered together for a Hog Roast to honor the memory of their slain leader.

All who participated in the Great Train Robbery Capers have deemed them to be a success. Representatives of the Fayette County Homeowners Association submitted a few photos to show that a good time was had by all.

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