10th Annual Shadyside LOOP Festival to take place this Father’s Day weekend

Loop Festival Committee members, from left, Pastor Joel Traylor, Christin Robinson, Tim Merryman and Robert Gorrell plan for the upcoming, 10th annual event. The festival will include participation by local business vendors, live music, games and rides for children, a car show, the Miles for Mike 5k and lots of food. The festival will be held from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Shadyside’s downtown “loop.” Photo by Brooke Miller

SHADYSIDE — The Shadyside community will again join together for the 10th Annual Shadyside Loop Festival.

The festival will take place this Father’s Day weekend from 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The festival will begin with the Cruise the Loop Parade starting at 6 p.m. Friday. The car show will also take place 6-8 p.m. Friday. Prizes and trophies will be awarded to the best cars, including a “Mayor’s Choice” trophy for the first place car, “People’s Choice” trophies for seven runners-up and prizes for the “Best of Show” and “Best Original” cars. Saturday night, the sixth annual Miles for Mike 5k race will start at 6:30 p.m. The race, honoring Iraq War veteran Mike Karkowski, will donate its proceeds to Dogs 4 Warriors and Team RWB. Mike suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a disorder that plagues many veterans. The race aims at raising awareness of PTSD through Mike’s story.

Through the duration of the event, the Shadyside loop will be filled with local businesses set up in booths; kids games, including inflatables and mechanical rides; free live music featuring performances by Easy Street and MSM; DJ’s and multiple food and craft vendors. The LOOP Festival is a non profit organization aimed at promoting local businesses, school clubs and organizations and churches. All proceeds go to benefit the village of Shadyside’s parks, recreation and Loop.

“Most of what we make goes back into the community,” village Councilman and Loop committee member Tim Merryman said.

The group encourages all members of the community to contribute to the event by setting up a booth at the festival, volunteering their time or donating money to help cover the cost of the event.

The Loop will close at 4 p.m. Friday at 4 p.m. in preparation for the event and will remain closed until Saturday midnight. The Loop Festival proves especially important this year, as the usual Fireman’s Festival will not take place, Merryman said. The community also welcomes alumni of Shadyside High School back for Father’s Day weekend for reunions. The festival, partnered with the reunions, helps bring the community together in one of the only community events the village might see this summer.