WASHINGTON, PA (Aug. 2, 2012)—The “Presidents” and the Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) cheerleaders painted the city of Washington “Red & Black” representing the College at the David Bradford House’s annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival and Community Parade in Washington, Pa.
A group of cheerleaders and the W&J mascots, Presidents Washington and Jefferson, were part of the parade festivities. The festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion.
“We are very proud to be a part of the community and happy to be a key sponsor of the Whiskey Rebellion Festival,” said W&J President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D. “We are part of the community’s history, as the city and region are part of our history. It is important that we pause and celebrate local history together.”
The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest that occurred in southwestern Pennsylvania, primarily Washington County, in the late 1700s. The festival honors this significant event through reenactments, historical interpretations, family activities, heritage music and food. Clay Kilgore of the David Bradford House added that community-focused entertainment combines with nationally renowned artists to create a festival that acknowledges the past, celebrates the present and looks toward the future.