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Look for some Rough House-ing at annual Cambria Independence Day fest

The band Rough House will help celebrate Cambriaâ™s traditional Independence Day bash. From left, members are Woody Woodsmall (drums), Mickey Gwynn (vocals, bass guitar), Tony Petruzzi (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Bob Barr (vocals, lead guitar).
The band Rough House will help celebrate Cambriaâ™s traditional Independence Day bash. From left, members are Woody Woodsmall (drums), Mickey Gwynn (vocals, bass guitar), Tony Petruzzi (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Bob Barr (vocals, lead guitar).

Cambrian Tony Petruzzi and his popular Rough House band promise a few surprises for this year’s Independence Day celebration on Friday, July 4, at Shamel Park.

“We’re really looking forward to performing again,” said Petruzzi, who has been a Cambria resident since 1987.  “We’ve picked up a few new songs, including some from the Grateful Dead.”

Rough House joins two other regional bands that will headline a full day of fun, food, fireworks and music at Cambria’s traditional celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post No. 432. 

Coffee to the Conning Tower performs at noon, followed by Stellar at 

3 p.m., Held for Ransom at 5 p.m., and Rough House from 7 p.m. until fireworks start at 9 p.m. 

Rough House is known locally as a Sunday afternoon fixture at a popular restaurant on Main Street in Cambria. Asked whether he is the band’s leader, Petruzzi quipped, “They tell me that.”

Opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. will include an American Legion honor guard raising the Stars and Stripes, Mark O’Bryan singing the national anthem, and Legion Past Commander Brian Griffin presenting an achievement award to The Cambrian Editor Bert Etling. Admission and parking are free.

For the younger set, kids’ races will start at 11:30 a.m. A Lions Club bounce house and the swimming pool will be available all day. The Great Waiter and Waitress Relay Race is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. It is rumored that event organizers will soak the lawn in the lane occupied by San Simeon Beach Bar and Grill, which has won the event for longer than anybody can remember. 

Competitors in Linn’s Pie Eating Contests (1:30 p.m.) must sign up in advance at Linn’s Restaurant, 2277 Main St. in Cambria. Local disc jockey George Gray will serve as announcer for all events.

Cambria’s Sons of the American Legion Chapter No. 432 and Legion Auxiliary ladies will serve up hearty food at reasonable prices.

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