Festival...it's such a fun word, isn't it? And so many possibilities -- art festivals, food festivals, storytelling festivals, balloon festivals, history festivals, book festivals, insect festivals. There's a festival for everything if you just search long enough. Of course you won't have to search too long to find three great festivals happening in our area!
First up is the T-102 Appalachian Festival at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds on May 18 from 11 am to 6 pm. Along with samples of wine, beer and spirits there will be musical performances, food and craft vendors and much more. Bring your lawn chairs, canopies, blankets so you can get comfy and enjoy the day. Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the gate, with $10 tickets for designated drivers/underage/non-drinkers. Children 12 and under are free. Snag your tickets to the festival here.
If you're in the mood for a one of a kind event (after all, how many other festivals involve human sized, walking sausages?) stop by the Kielbasi Festival in Shenandoah on May 18 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free and you can find food (especially the BIG THREE Kielbasi makers from Shenandoah), crafts, music and fun on the Main Street. There's also a Kielbasi Contest for anyone who makes their own Kielbasi! To learn how to enter, please call the DSI office at 570-462-2060.
Feeling arty? Shamokin is hosting the Anthracite Heritage Festival of Arts on Saturday, May 25 from 10 am to 5 pm. Downtown Shamokin will be offering train rides, live entertainment, ethnic food, crafters and more.
About two decades ago (was it that long?!) a favorite with both my kids and their grandparents was the Bear Creek Festival at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by the Schuylkill Conservation District, this free festival is still going strong. This year the festival is on June 2 from noon to 4 pm. It's a great day full of activity, learning and fun. There are animals, a fishing derby, hikes, workshops to make everything from t-shirts to birdhouses. Take my word for it -- great fun for the whole family!