ZELIENOPLE — Plans for the 50th Horse Trading Days are beginning to take shape as a festival-ending fireworks display and the possibility of a popular Pittsburgh singer returning to the borough is in the works.
Borough council Monday night voted to up its annual contribution for the summer’s event from $3,400 to $4,500 to help pay for the additional entertainment.
Horse Trading Days will run July 18-20. It will have food, crafts, music, entertainment, children’s activities and a kickoff horse parade.
Jennifer Ackerman, director of the Zelienople-Harmony Chamber of Commerce, takes over organizing the event this year. The chamber’s Business Association hosts the annual event along Main Street.
Ackerman said she’s working with Jack Cohen, director of the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau, to get the fireworks since the county is hosting a fireworks convention in August.
She also is hoping to get B.E. Taylor, who played a sold-out Christmas show at the Strand Theater, to play at the new park amphitheater on that Saturday evening before the fireworks display. Entertainment on Thursday and Friday would be at the Strand.
The amphitheater in the community park was completed this fall and will be available for shows in the park this summer. Details on all the events will be released this summer.