"Dravosburgh," as depicted in a portion of an 1877 lithograph by Eli L. Hayes and published by Titus, Simmons and Titus of Philadelphia. Courtesy of David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University.
Dravosburg Borough will celebrate its 115th anniversary with fireworks, a petting zoo, picnic and parade.
Festivities start Aug. 24 at Butler's Golf Course in Elizabeth Twp., followed by the parade and picnic on Aug. 25, said Jan Catalogna of the Dravosburg Community Archives. Doug Baxter serves as the group's president.
"If anyone is looking for some old-fashioned summer fun, then the place to be is Dravosburg, beginning at noon Aug. 25," Catalogna said.
"Dravosburgh" or "Dravosburg" has been settled since at least 1862, when a post office on the spot began operations. The borough was named for John F. Dravo, a riverboat captain who owned coal mines and coke ovens in the area. He later helped to found the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, and after moving to Beaver County, was elected to the state House of Representatives from Beaver.
The borough of Dravosburg was incorporated in 1903 out of a portion of what was then Mifflin Twp., and is now present-day West Mifflin borough.
The golf outing on Aug. 24 begins with registration at 9 a.m. and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the following day's events.
For more information, call Kevin at (412) 860-1305 or Don at (412) 780-7374.
Saturday's events include a "chair decorating contest." People who live along the parade route of Goldstrom Avenue, Fifth Street and Euclid Avenue are being encouraged to decorate their "parade chair." Registration forms and instructions are available at the borough municipal offices, 226 Maple Ave. Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated chairs.
The parade will begin at 12 noon Aug. 25 and is scheduled to feature the award-winning Kittanning Firemen’s Band, four area high school bands, a dance corps, Star Wars characters, Civil War re-enactors, bagpipers, Shriners’ miniature cars, more than 30 pieces of local fire and rescue equipment, police and K-9 units, antique cars, and an American Legion honor guard, Catalogna said.
A community picnic at the Washington Avenue ballfields will follow the parade. Entertainment scheduled to appear includes MAC Dance Studio, Two Broke Country Girls and the Dr. Zoot band, Catalogna said.
Kids may get their photos taken with the Pirate Parrot. Games and refreshments will be available, with fireworks at dark, following the release of memory lanterns.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/DravosburgCommunityArchives/.
Originally published August 02, 2018.