These are festive times


David Slusarick

David M. Slusarick

It’s championships week in Fayette County, and it’s worth every bit of hype it’s received in this column and elsewhere.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Basketball Championships will bring athletes, coaches and spectators from across the country to Penn State Fayette, the Eberly Campus, all week long.

Come out to the Main Arena this Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. for a great display of talent at the annual skills competition, featuring hot shot, three point, and slam dunk contests.

Fayette TV will be there, and we’ll also be on hand to film the Penn State Men’s and Women’s games (Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m., respectively) for rebroadcast, as our hometown student-athletes journey toward a national title. We’ll be devoting much of our airtime this week to the USCAA, so be sure to tune in.

The action this week won’t be confined to the Penn State campus, though. The Fayette County Hoops Festival will bring a youth basketball competition, vendor fair and live musical entertainment to Uniontown on Wednesday night. You can find all the details on the USCAA section of our Website,

I love the energy of a good festival, and it won’t be long before the warm-weather festival season is here. This year’s National Road Festival runs from May 16 through 18, and watching the wagon trains roll through our area is a great way to relive history.

If literature, rather than history, was your favorite subject in school, you’re in luck! This year, Fayette County will welcome another event that will turn our area into a hub of activity. The Pennsylvania Literary Festival (#PAlitFest) is a gathering of publishers, authors, libraries, schools, book clubs, and everyone else who has a passion for reading and writing.

There will be book signings, readings, workshops, and contests for our area students. I’m proud to announce that Fayette TV is a partner in this year’s festival, and I’m especially excited for our keynote speaker, John Dixon, whose debut novel inspired the CBS television series “Intelligence.”

Visit the Website to learn more, watch this column for additional details, and save the dates of May 30 through June 1 for the Festival!

While you’re at it, mark your calendars for the Fayette County Independence Day Celebration at the Uniontown Mall on June 29. This annual event is hosted by the members of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and it’s always a great time for the whole family, with good food, great music and fireworks. It’s a tradition that can continue for years to come, with your help. Call the Fayette Chamber for information about how you or your business can support the Celebration!

For information about becoming involved with community TV in Fayette County, contact Dave Slusarick of Coordinated 360, subcontracted operator of Fayette TV, at 1-800-893-8516.

(Originally published in the Herald Standard Newspaper on March 2, 2014)

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