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GPB Homecoming and Festival in jeopardy after vandals destroy community park

by: Yanni Tragellis

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CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – The 44th annual Grampian-Penn-Bloom Homecoming and Festival scheduled for June 24-26 is up in the air after vandals destroyed the community park.

The damage was spread across the park, from floorboards being torn out and tossed into the creek, to tables being broken, the vandals even knocked out light fixtures and electrical outlets.

Now, as Pennsylvania State Police investigate who could have done this, the entire community is concerned as to why.

“The people within the community are really disgusted with it, there’s no excuse for it whatsoever,” said Lewis Weber, a Grampian resident and the borough’s street commissioner.

Susan Westcott, the homecoming committee’s chairman is appalled that someone would commit these acts of destruction, and is worried if the festival can still go on.

“So… we just don’t know. At this point we don’t know if it can all be repaired by June,” Westcott said.

Today, there is still no clear answer on who or why the park was vandalized. And the question of if the festival can still happen is in jeopardy as well, but Weber has high hopes that the community will rally together.

“No doubt in my mind that it will happen… Because I think we’ll have enough volunteers,”                                                                                                                                 SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;    https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/gpb-homecoming-and-festival-in-jeopardy-after-vandals-destroy-community-park/

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Community rallies together to save annual GPB Homecoming and Festival

by: Yanni Tragellis

Posted:  / Updated: 

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) – One month after an unknown vandal put the 44th annual Grampian-Penn-Bloom Homecoming and Festival in jeopardy, the tightknit Grampian community has rallied together to save it.

Dozens of people have reached out to Susan Westcott, the chairman of the homecoming committee, in the weeks since the vandalism. These actions from the community led to the committee unanimously voting to hold the festival over three days this June.

Damages to the stage are too severe to be repaired by the festival in June, which will take place the 24-26, but the committee voted to go on without it, instead looking to purchase some sort of temporary stage so they can still have some entertainment.

“It’s very important that we can get back together again and have some type of normalcy,” Westcott said.

Although there will be no stage, one man has taken it upon himself to see the rest of the damages be repaired in time. Jerry Bloom, who owns Bloom Electric, says after watching his uncle help to build the community park when Jerry was growing up, he believed this was something he needed to do.

“My uncle lived right down the road,” Bloom said. “He put a lot of time into it”

Bloom estimates repairs will likely total more than $1,500. Growing up in his uncles home down the street, the very place where Susan was his babysitter, he says there was never a doubt when the time came, that this was something he had to do this in memory of those who came before him.

“I’ve seen a lot of other guys that aren’t here anymore, and they just came out here and did it,” Bloom said.                                                                                                                                    SEE VIDEO REPORT    ;    https://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/local-news/community-rallies-together-to-save-annual-gpb-homecoming-and-festival/

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