Dan Rice Days highlight Girard history
Volunteer Kathy Lucas serves funnel cakes for the Rice Avenue Community Library during Dan Rice Days in Girard on Aug. 4.
GREG WOHLFORD\/ERIE TIMES-NEWS
August 4, 2012
By RON LEONARDI, Erie Times-News
GIRARD, PA -- Temperatures Saturday were well into the 80s at 8:30 a.m. when the Dan Rice Days Festival 5K run began on Mechanic Street.
Dave Wehr, 65, of Girard, opted to speed-walk it, finishing in 37 minutes, 25 seconds.
By midafternoon, with temperatures in the low 90s and humidity high, Wehr rested on a bench in Wells Park along West Main Street, trying to stay hydrated as he listened to the Gem City Jazz Ensemble perform on the main stage.
"This is almost a homecoming for the whole town,'' Wehr said of the three-day festival, which began Thursday and ended Saturday.
It honors Dan Rice, a circus showman who married a Girard woman and lived in the community in the 1850s.
"A lot of people who don't live here anymore come home for this,'' Wehr said. "It's a good, small-town celebration.''