Laurel Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow in Brookville
ExploreClarion.com caught up with Laurel Festival board vice president Sarah Gallagher to see how this year’s event is shaping up.
“It’s been a learning experience,” Gallagher said. “We’ve brought in a few things, made a few changes, and kept some favorites. We’ve just generally tried to make it the best that we can.”
According to Gallagher, the Laurel Festival board is very enthusiastic about this year’s event.
“There are so many great activities. We are really trying to bring more things to our town for the community and to get people out and enjoying the beauty of the town.”
While Gallagher said she doesn’t have one particular favorite and is very much looking forward to all of this year’s activities, she is particularly excited for one thing.
“We’re raffling off a chance to press the button to start the fireworks show, and it’s going to be a big one this year, so I’m pretty excited about that.”
Gallagher also noted that while the board has put in a lot of work preparing for this year’s festival, they aren’t the only ones working to make sure the events all run smoothly.
“We have some volunteers that have really helped make this incredible, too.”
The week of the festival begins on Saturday, June 15, with Art in the Park on Main Street.
Saturday’s activities include art and games from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Dirty White Boys” will be playing a free show in Town Square immediately after Art in the Park, and the day will wrap up with a concert by Pork McElhinny at the Columbia Theater.
Sunday is Family Faith Day in the Town Square.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, four bands will provide free faith-based music at the Town Square, beginning with “The Worship Team” from the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Next up, at 4:30 p.m., is “Reach the Masses.” “To The Throne” plays at 6:00 p.m. followed by the “Allan Scott Band” from 7-8:30 p.m.
Game Day will be held on Monday.
The day will include Power Wheel races, a Dungeons and Dragons tournament, the Laurel 500 race for those under 12 years of age, and Human Hungry Hippos on Main Street. There will also be a bouncy house.
Tuesday is Family Fun Day.
The day’s activities will include barrel train rides, a pie eating contest, a hot dog eating contest, a twirlers workshop, the Rock and Roll Pet Store, a pet parade, and a bouncy house. There will even be two professional eaters doing an exhibition of their talents during the hot dog eating contest.
Heritage Day is Wednesday, with Historic Brookville Walking Tours available beginning at 1:00 p.m.
“Victoria’s Closet,” one of this year’s new features, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will allow visitors to see volunteer models displaying dresses from Queen Victoria’s reign when Brookville was a new and growing borough. Tickets are available at the Opera House. Finally, the night will wrap up with music by the Moore Brothers band.
Thursday will celebrate Brookville’s own special men and women in uniform with Hometown Heroes Day.
“The Belle Tones” will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m in the Town Square.
The popular Sidewalk Sale and Manufacturing Tours are held on Friday, with free parking available downtown.
The Sidewalk Sales start at 8:00 a.m. There will also be a quilt show at the social room of Brookville Fire Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as the d’Argy Family’s annual “Movie on Main Street,” which is free to the public and will begin at dusk. At the end of the night, “Stillwater Band” will be playing at the Town Square.
The Grand Parade and Fireworks will be held on Saturday, which is also EMS Day.
After the parade, “Billy and the Neptunes” will take the stage at the Town Square, and the Firemen’s Games will begin. Finally, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., “Against the Grain” will play before the blast off of the Grand Fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.
Sunday is the popular Autorama and Sporting Day.
The Autorama will be held on Main Street from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Sunday will also include a new weight-lifting tournament in front of the YMCA at 11:00 a.m. and a new Home Run Derby at 1:00 p.m. at McKinley Field. The Duck float begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Purple Heart Bridge and there will also be a corn hole tournament beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Town Square.
Food vendors who will be in attendance for the festival include Ricco’s, Tradition’s, AA’s Lemonade, Brody’s BBQ, Wild Wendy’s Rootbeer, N&N Cinnamon Bun, Denny & Pearl’s, Bailey’s, Charlie Chen’s, Lil Doug’s Kettle Korn, and Moons Meats.
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