The 78th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival with activities for all ages gets underway this Saturday, June 8 and continues through Sunday, June 16 in Wellsboro.
Kicking off the festival on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children’s Health Fair on The Green, rain or shine. More than 35 organizations will have booths with information, activities and giveaways from helium balloons to free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large. A bounce house, a 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines will all be part of the fun. Each youngster at Family Day can take home a free playground ball.
This Sunday, June 9 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather for judging at 12:25 p.m. in the Packer Park picnic area behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street. At 1:30 p.m., the parade will leave the park, travel up Main Street to The Green where awards will be presented.
Every night, Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14, will be a concert with different entertainers. Donations are always appreciated.
For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair, 97 artisans, 20 of them new, will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 28 vendors on the International Street of Foods on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from gyros and tacos to strawberry shortcake and crepes.
Friday at noon is the welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates on the Tioga County Courthouse steps.
At 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, the band 3D will open the Pennsylvania Laurel Queen’s Preview on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage at 104 Main Street. The Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced at 5 p.m. and the band will close the event with musical fun that includes the audience and queen candidates joining in on spoons, shakers and drums.
The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start events on Saturday, June 15. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the park. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.
At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Find Your Adventure” will reach Main Street. Waving to the crowd from floats will be Laurel Queen Katelyn Loss and the 28 Laurel Queen candidates. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and high school marching bands and special units, such as the Bucktails and the Jaffa Shrine Lil Vettes.
Downbeat Percussion, the official drum line of the Buffalo Bills, will perform at 3 p.m. on The Green.
Capping off Saturday will be the 6:30 p.m. coronation ceremonies during which the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre.
On Sunday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.
For more information about festival events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main St. in Wellsboro, by calling (570) 724-1926, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting wellsboropa.com.