The 78th Annual Laurel Festival is well underway in Wellsboro, with the annual parade and coronation of the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen on Saturday.
The Laurel Festival Juried Arts and Crafts Fair, featuring high quality and unique handcrafted items at reasonable prices, will be on The Green in downtown Wellsboro on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. The 97 artisans, including 20 who are new, were chosen to participate during the judging process.
Many of the selected vendors will demonstrate their crafts throughout the weekend. Some of them are from right here in Tioga County, while others are from Florida, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.
Among the items these artists and craftsmen are offering are a selection of dragon sculptures, potpourri, birdhouses, metal art, numerous varieties and styles of jewelry such as wire, gold, sterling silver, copper, glass, polymer clay and crystal, leather items, stained glass, photography and prints, oil and acrylic paintings, handblown glass home décor, handmade soaps, lotions and salts, puzzles, doll clothes and accessories, a wide variety of wooden products and furniture, custom carved signs, tie-dyed and quilted items, clothing and scarves, handmade hats and fascinators, pottery and more one-of-a-kind items.
On Friday and Saturday, sample some of the delectable delights prepared by 28 vendors on The International Street of Foods on Pearl Street along The Green. There will be homemade sticky buns, Mexican food, seafood pitas, mac and cheese, cheesesteaks, Greek gyros, hot Italian sausage, crab cake sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, kettle korn, fresh fruit cup, fresh squeezed lemonade, and pork barbecue, just to name a few. Picnic tables are available on The Green.
Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday on The Green will be longtime favorite Jerry Brown of Lancaster and Django, his capuchin monkey. Their show is a recreation of turn-of-the-century theatrical corn, which allows Brown to eat fire, do magic tricks, juggle and tell stories with Django, the world’s only psychic monkey.
The Laurel Festival 10K will take place Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m.
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 noon on Saturday on the front lawn near the chamber office, across Main Street from The Green, the Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from the Rochester, N.Y. area will perform.
Beginning at 1 p.m. on The Green, the Mansfield University SaxAlums under the direction of Joseph Murphy will play classical, jazz and rock music on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. This group of MU Music Department alumni represents university saxophone students from every decade since the 1970s.
Immediately following the 2 p.m. Laurel Parade, members of DownBeat Percussion, most from the Syracuse, N.Y. area, will give a special performance at 3 p.m. on The Green. DownBeat Percussion is the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills football team. They perform at every home game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.
For more information about Laurel Festival activities, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 114 Main Street or call 570-724-1926.