The Kecksburg UFO Festival became the latest annual event to be put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The festival, started up 14 years ago as a fundraiser for the Kecksburg Volunteer Fire Department and to commemorate the Dec. 9, 1965, event in which several area residents spotted an acorn-shaped unidentified flying object land near the Mount Pleasant Township village.

This year’s UFO Festival was scheduled for July 24-26, but uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on social gatherings prompted organizers to call off the event.

The 2021 festival is slated for July 23-25.

Without the festival, and forced to cancel monthly Sunday breakfast fundraisers, the fire department will look to a drive-thru “Old Fashion Day” on June 6.

From 11 a.m to 7 p.m., the fire department’s kitchen will be open for curbside service with a menu offering hot dogs, cheeseburgers, fresh-cut fries, funnel cake fries, tacos and kettle corn.

Visitors to the Old Fashion Day event, which will feature raffles and prize drawings in addition to the culinary creations, can also purchase items from the fire department’s stock of UFO-related merchandise.

The fire department’s kitchen is also open for takeout orders Tuesdays through Saturdays with the following hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Wednesdays, wings and french fries only, 6 to 9 p.m.

Orders can be placed by calling 724-423-7787.

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