Jeannette Summerfest organizer hopes the event will grow and bring the community together

Chanelle Terry and her 9-year-old son Aiden Tartt squeezed 20 bags of lemons to prepare for Saturday’s Jeannette Summerfest, their lemonade stand’s biggest event yet.

Terry, of Greensburg, said the couple started “LemonAiden” a few months ago to help Aiden learn more about money and business while helping a local nonprofit. A portion of their proceeds from Saturday’s event will be donated to TJ’s Hideaway Rescue, an animal rescue group, Terry said.

“It just teaches him responsibility with his money,” she said. “It’s a good learning experience.”

They prepared cups of lemonade with fruit pieces and flavored syrup for spectators as the afternoon sun turned hot in the Magee Avenue parking lot. Several restaurants in town had booths and other artisans and vendors from the area joined in for the second year of the event.

Organizer Ty Daniels said he wants it to eventually turn into a multi-day festival attended by thousands of people, like the community days held in town years ago.

“I come from Jeannette, and I want to contribute and try to help her grow,” he says.

Bands played throughout the day and an animal show took over the stage in the afternoon. People played bingo under a tent and fireworks were planned for the evening.

The headliner was Aubrey Burchell, a singer from North Huntingdon who is set to appear on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent on NBC. A teaser video showed Burchell, 21, advancing to the next round of the competition.

She frequently visited the old Keynote Cafe in Jeannette.

Jill Urbani Sorrels, owner of the cafe which was a popular space for local musicians until it closed in 2019, painted faces at the Jeannette Arts Council booth. She praised Daniels’ vision for organizing the event.

“I think it’s very important, it brings the community together again,” she said. “Hopefully this will be just the start of our resurgence.”

Councilwoman Michelle Langdon agreed.

“It brings together so many different groups…and it builds community,” she said, adding that it provides a venue for local businesses and restaurants.

Renatta Signorini is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Renatta by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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