July 31, 2008

St. Athansius Fest in West View Gets New Beat

By Daveen Rae Kurutz, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Jul. 31--The youth will be rocking in West View as the St. Athanasius Church festival adds a new element this weekend.

In an attempt to draw teens to the three-day festival, which begins tonight, church officials have brought in the Rock Star Challenge. For an entrance fee, teens can compete in a video game-based guitar competition using the popular "Guitar Hero" series.

"The kids all seem to be into it," said Donna Paramara, chair of the festival. "They find it to be so much fun."

The Rock Star Challenge, scheduled for Saturday night, will mark the end of a festival that traditionally is one of the largest family events in West View. The festival opens at 5 p.m. each evening and hosts dinners until 7 p.m., ranging from a fish fry to Italian and international cuisine.

Fundraising raffles and children's games and rides will be offered each night of the festival, with prizes geared toward all ages.

But the biggest attraction -- other than the food -- will be the Rock Star Challenge, Paramara said. The contest is a combination of Guitar Hero and a live rock show, featuring a giant video screen, professional lighting and other effects.

Participants will compete in various categories in the video game, which requires players to simulate playing a guitar using a specially designed instrument. Winners in various categories will each receive an electric guitar.

Paramara said the idea to add this contest to the festivities was a simple one, with the number of teens among the church's more than 4,000 parishioners and the West View area.

"We have our share, and we're always looking for things to get the teens more involved," Paramara said. "We've never had anything just for the teens, so we thought this would be fun."

The festival will take place at the church at 7 Chalfonte Ave., West View.


To see more of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/.

Copyright (c) 2008, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

For reprints, email [email protected], call 800-374-7985 or 847-635-6550, send a fax to 847-635-6968, or write to The Permissions Group Inc., 1247 Milwaukee Ave., Suite 303, Glenview, IL 60025, USA.