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Heavy rain that passed through the Mon-Yough area on Tuesday afternoon forced the cancellation of most of the opening night entertainment at McKeesport's 60th International Village.
Although the band Zabava did perform as scheduled in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion at Renziehausen Park, dancing and music on the main stage was called off due to hazardous conditions in the area surrounding Stephen Barry Field.
The planned opening ceremony, as well as fireworks, have been rescheduled for tonight, a spokesperson said. Gates open at 3 p.m. and main stage entertainment is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Food and most craft booths remained open until 9 p.m. Tuesday, when the gates closed.
The in-field area, where the main stage is located, was turned into a muddy, slippery mess Tuesday afternoon after heavy downpours began just before the gates opened. Storms continued until less than an hour before main stage entertainment was to begin.
Scattered showers then continued throughout the evening until about 7 p.m.
The downpours also forced the cancellation of the planned live broadcast of the village's entertainment.
In addition to fireworks, tonight's scheduled entertainment includes the Alpine Duo (representing the Austrian booth), the ABC Dancers by JoAnn (Hawaiian), the Rankin Jr. Tamburitzans (Croatian), Christ Temple AME Church (Ghana), the Otets Paiissi Bulgarian Dancers and a Lebanese belly dancer.
Music will be provided in the Jakomas pavilion from 5 to 9 p.m. by the Mikey Dee Band.
Originally published August 14, 2019.