Fairs & Festivals - Summer 2018 in the Susquehanna Valley
Jun 11, 2018 03:35PM
By Melanie Heisinger
(Pictured Above) Take your taste buds on a culinary journey to explore spicy, savory, sweet and succulent cuisine from around the world. Join us for the 1st Annual Taste of the Nations International Food Festival, rain or shine, throughout Mill Street, in downtown Danville. Free parking on nearby streets and surface lots; free shuttle service is also available. Free general admission. (570) 284-4502 or VisitDanvillePA.org
Downtown State College; Children and Youth Day July 11
The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brings over 125,000 people to State College and the University Park campus of Penn State over a five-day period each July. The festival is home to a nationally-recognized juried outdoor fine art and craft fair, music at both outdoor and indoor venues, a 5K run and a full day of children's activities. (814) 237-3682 or Arts-Festival.com
A unique celebration of our region’s heritage, the festival is centered around Hess Field and features living history demonstrations July 21. There is also a 5K run, tennis tournament, historic bike tour (including a segment on the nation’s oldest rail trail surrounding Hess Field, circa 1890s), food vendors, parade, quoits tournament and fireworks over the Susquehanna. Historical speakers hosted by Thomas Beaver Library include: George Geisinger; Dale Reiner on the islands of the Susquehanna; and Gene Shipe on the Franklin Iron Furnace. Musical performers include Pennsylvania State fiddle champion Megan McGarry, Danville Community Band, Zing Productions and Van Wagner. The weekend concludes July 22 at 6:30 p.m. with a traditional hymn sing in Montgomery Park. DanvilleHeritage.com
On October 24-26, 1935, the first fair was held at the DeLong Memorial School in Washingtonville, PA. Named for Montour County and Mr. Frank Emerson DeLong, a philanthropist from Washingtonville, the fair was started to “promote the interests of agriculture and homemaking to raise the standards of school work, encourage the production of better crops and livestock and to promote better standards of living.” Join us this year for a fair you’ll remember! Entertainment, livestock exhibits & shows, flower & vegetable exhibits, arts & crafts exhibits, and lots of great food!