SOMERSET, Pa.  — The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation invites the public to a free 15th anniversary Community Celebration Day on July 29 at the Quecreek Mine rescue site to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the miraculous “9 for 9” mine rescue, which occurred July 24-28, 2002.

Beginning at 3 p.m., the public can tour the site to learn how the local community united with state and federal officials to bring the nine miners home safely after 77 harrowing hours trapped in the flooded Quecreek mine.

The celebration extends to the memorial grounds with live musical entertainment by Pittsburgh-area The House Band with lead singer and American Idol contestant Samantha Novacek; Somerset County’s own Ethan Jano Band; and JC Skeen, a classic rock duo based in North Carolina.

Thanks to a donation from Somerset Trust Co., children can take part in free activities, including face painting, and the chance to explore heavy machinery such as fire trucks from Sipesville and Shanksville volunteer fire departments.

Food vendors will participate and a car cruise sponsored by State Farm Insurance agent Angi Tennant and Tri-Star Somerset will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Christ Casebeer Lutheran Church adjacent to the Quecreek site. The first 100 participants will receive commemorative dash plaques.

Silent auction items will be on display at the memorial. Featured auction items include donations from Bedford Springs Resort, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Pittsburgh Steelers, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kentuck Knob, Wilderness Voyageurs, B.J. Maurer Ford and more.

Local businesses have contributed to a fireworks show by Little Big Shots at dusk.

The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation will host a 9 for 9 sporting clays fundraiser July 26 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Participation in the 100-round tournament includes gun rental, breakfast, lunch, a silent auction, small games of chance and more. Pittsburgh-area personality Wendy Bell will serve as the master of ceremonies. Preregistration is requested by July 12.

For more information, call 814-445-5090 or visit www.9for9.org.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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