The 2020 Family Day and Children’s Health Fair and Laurel Festival Pet Parade are being postponed to an as yet undetermined date, according to an announcement made April 28 by Julie VanNess, Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce and Wellsboro Foundation, Inc. executive director.
Family Day for youngsters and their parents was scheduled for Saturday, June 13 on The Green in Wellsboro, and the Pet Parade for youngsters 12 and under was to be on Sunday, June 14 with the presentation of awards on The Green. Both are free for the public.
“We are hoping to hold both events this September,” said VanNess. Family Day is funded through the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Member Mixer and Brochure Swap in March and the Wellsboro Rotary Club Laurel Festival Booster Dinner in April. The two fundraisers were postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
“We are continuing with plans to hold the Laurel Festival,” VanNess said. “There are 29 high school Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen candidates. Artisans have registered for the Arts & Crafts Fair and food vendors for the International Street of Foods to be on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 and bands and other units to participate in this year’s Laurel Parade on Saturday, June 20. We are also receiving lots of phone calls from visitors who have already booked rooms.
“Based on Governor Wolf’s phase-in plan to reopen businesses and hold local events, Wellsboro may be in the yellow or second phase starting on May 8 and may be in the third or green phase by June, which would mean the Laurel Festival could be held. We are monitoring what happens and continuing to make plans so we are prepared,” VanNess said.