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Pittsburgh Mayor Drops in on Burtner House Harvest Festival

Members of the Burtner House Restoration Society just love it when people decide to drop in on the annual Harvest Festival. On Saturday, October 10, 1998 the Festival welcomed a special visitor. Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy was on his way to Ford City to participate in the Brownfield Summit regarding the reclaimation of former industrial acreage in Ford City, Pennsylvania.

"I was driving down Route 28 and I saw the signs, so I decided to stop," Murphy said.

Mr. Murphy toured the house and grounds, watched historical reenactors, visited craft booths and talked with people in the crowd.

The Burtner House Restoration Society invites you to their next Strawberry and Harvest Festivals in June and October, 1999. Take a look at the following photos of Mayor Murphy's visit and see how much fun you could be having.

The mayor watches a demonstration of "Appalachian Flatfoot" clog dancing by Charlie Barton, assisted by Bill Milberger

Tour of the house with Art Burtner, Lois Gaskell and Pauline Arnold.

Mayor Murphy meets Restoration Society members: Roy and Art Burtner, Lucy Mahdik, Alice Johnson and Darren McPhilimy.

A wool weaving demonstration by the Grimm family...with live wool.

Mayor Murphy scores on his first tomahawk toss.

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