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Mingle on Main begins 2024 season Thursday

Mingle on Main took place on Main Street in Saxonburg in 2023. Butler Eagle File Photo

After seven months off, Saxonburg’s Mingle on Main event kicks off its 2024 season on Thursday, May 16.

Organized by the Saxonburg Area Business Association, Mingle on Main takes over a large part of Saxonburg’s Main Street on the third Thursday of every month from May to September. The portion of Main Street from the Presbyterian Church to the Pittsburgh Street intersection will be closed to vehicular traffic.

This event was the brainchild of Meghan Pohl, owner of the Batch gift shop in Saxonburg, who started the event in 2015.

“I began this event nine years ago to promote Saxonburg and the local talents we have in and around our area,” Pohl said. “It has grown from four to six vendors to over 70.”

Pohl said there will be 30 food and drink vendors stationed at the Mingle on Main events throughout the year, who were accepted out of a record-high 120 applicants.

“(There will be) every type of food from hot dogs, handmade gnocchi and pierogi, Guatemalan street food, tacos, barbecue, baked goods, ice cream, and so much more,” Pohl said.

Pohl also promises “brand new faces and vendors” of both food and handmade crafts, including new businesses who have only recently set up in Saxonburg and are eager to show off their merchandise.

“We have everything from candles, clothes, soap, wreaths, knitted animals and jewelry,” Pohl said.

This year’s Mingle will feature live music performed from the patio of the Hotel Saxonburg, along with a car cruise accompanied by a live DJ.

Because a portion of Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for this event, good parking spaces will be at a premium. Borough manager Steven May said the best places to park for the Mingle are at the Saxonburg Museum and at the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company.

The Mingle events are open from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tim Duffy wipes down the hood of his 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at a Mingle on Main last year. Butler Eagle File Photo

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