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23rd Annual Peanut Butter Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow in Newbie
NEW BETHLEHEM, Pa. (EYT) – While the smell of peanuts can quite often be noticed throughout New Bethlehem, in a week, there will be many other peanut butter-related smells and activities filling Gumtown Park and the surrounding New Bethlehem area as the Peanut Butter Festivals kicks off on September 14.
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The three-day festival will begin on Friday with the official opening of the festival at 4:00 p.m. At this time, craft and food vendors officially open their tents to reveal many peanut butter related items. For peanut butter lovers, Gumtown Park may be the ultimate stop as crafters and vendors have been known for making just about anything with peanut butter infused with it. For example, past years have seen peanut butter filled pierogies and hot dogs, peanut butter flavored wine, peanut butter syrup, and event peanut butter body soap.
At 5:00 p.m., what has become the highlight of the annual weekend, the Wine Walk, begins with registration at Redbank Chevrolet. Patrons will walk throughout New Bethlehem visiting a large variety of local wineries while also enjoying live entertainment in Gumtown Park.
If the three-hour long wine walk is not for you, there are other events going on in Gumtown Park to enjoy such as the crowning of the Peanut Butter Festival Queen at 6:00 p.m. This year’s Peanut Butter Queen contest showcases 10 young ladies vying for the title of Queen. The winner will receive a scholarship courtesy of Smuckers and the contest is hosted by the New Bethlehem Civic Club Ladies. Following the crowning, “Son of Leroy” will take the stage at 7:00 p.m. and Ace Pyro will provide a fireworks show at 9:00 p.m.
Saturday morning is reserved for fitness enthusiasts of all levels as the 5K race/walk is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. with the mountain bike race commencing at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to run, walk, and/or bike New Bethlehem’s largest tourist attraction, the Redbank Valley Trail.
Other activities on Saturday include a peanut butter cook-off at Kaminsky Dental and a wing eating contest featuring a peanut butter dipping sauce hosted by Zack’s. An inflatable carnival will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the annual parade set to start at 3:00 p.m. Two performances by “Everett Lee and Underground Stampede” will round out the day with two performances at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The festival will conclude on Sunday but not before a host of events can be enjoyed by all. The Motorcycle Bike Cruise will begin at 10:00 a.m. with all of the proceeds from the event going towards local cancer patient, Nancy Cochran. Knight Cruisers Car Club will host a Classic Car Cruise-In following the Motorcycle Bike Cruise from noon until 5:00 p.m. Local musicians’ performances, the duck race, and a tractor show will round out the festival.
This year’s festival is sponsored by Char-Val Candies and hosted by the Redbank Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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