As the air becomes a cold crisp breeze, whispering through the colored hills of yellow, red, and orange, autumn brings with it the season of festivals.
The 32nd Annual Butler Fall Festival is starting the season of festivals on September 18th. At 11 a.m. begins live music and entertainment at the Diamond and Penn Theatre. There will be lots of food and plenty of workshops for children such as candle making, face painting, rides, and so much more. Lined along Main Street will be a variety of crafts and vendors, as well as the Butler County Symphony and Genealogical Society all day long. For more information please visit www.butlerfallfestival.com.
Also starting on September 18th is the historical 27th Annual Penn's Colony Festival. Held at Penn's Colony Village in Saxonburg, this double weekend event on the 18th-19th and 25th-26th (from 10 am to 6 pm), puts together cultural traditions, living history, plenty of heritage, and educational family fun based on the French and Indian War era. Music entertainment features Molly in the Crowd, Fife & Drum Crops (19th and 20th), Celtic Eagle Pipes and Drums (26th) as well as classes that teach you how to play the keyless flute, French voyageur, penny whistle, and the stringed dulcimer. You can also see several Braddock's Field re-enactments of citizens field drills, artillery skills challenge, battle re-enactments, as well as town re-enactments such as Town Crier, British red-coat drills, Surrey rides, and more. There are also hands-on opportunities such as tin punching, carding wool sheered from sheep, spinning wool into yarn, needle arts, and much more! For additional information visit http://www.pennscolony.com/
The 18th Annual Heritage Festival at McConnell's Mill State Park will be held on September 25th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and the 26th, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The festival celebrates the operational time period of the historical gristmill from 1852 to 1928. Costumed vendors will display crafts inspired by this time. Bluegrass music and free tours of the mill will be offered. The gristmill is full of the captivating machinery that ground the grain for the community surrounding Slippery Rock Gorge. A civil war encampment brings this era to life as artisans and craftsmen demonstrate their skills throughout the festival. There will also be free hayride shuttles to the mill, along with free mill tours during which you are able to grind corn with water-powered millstones throughout the day. The Portersville-Prospect Rotary Club, aided by several local businesses and non-profit organizations, sponsors the festival. Admission and parking are free. For more information contact McConnell's Mill State Park at 724 368-9320 or [email protected]
As the festival season slowly comes to an end, Franklin's Apple Fest brings three days of autumn fun starting on October 1st. Since 1983, where it began as a pie baking contest, the once small celebration of the folk hero Johnny Appleseed who lived in Franklin area from 1797 to 1804 has grown to entertain 100,000 visitors. With 300 arts and crafts vendors, farmer's market, Peter Pan play at the Barrow-Civic Theatre, sidewalk sales, wagon rides, tractor races, and of course a pie baking contest, there is plenty to do at this historical fest. Children even get to meet Linky and Peter Pan, as well as Johnny Appleseed! There is so much more to be a part of at this year's Apple Fest. For more information please visit http://www.franklinapplefest.com/
Lastly for the festive season is none other than the nationally known festival held in Clarion County, is the 57th Annual Autumn Leaf Festival (ALF) which will be entertaining close to 300,000 visitors from across the country from September 22nd to October 3rd, 2010. What once was a small 1953 Clarion University Homecoming celebration, turned out by 1977 to be the nation's Autumn Leaf Capital of the World, is now filled with motorcycle show, kiddie parade, tractor show, Junior Olympics, Miss Teen ALF, Miss Junior Teen ALF, "Tournament of Leaves" parade, and October 1st's Crafter's Day that shuts down Main Street for an entire day with nearly 300 vendors. This year is filled with a few new events such as the Light and Sound competition, NASCAR Racing Car and NASCAR simulator, and the Power Wheels Derby along with traditional events such as Ride-O-Roma, Clarion University's Culture Nights, Bingo nights, bake sale, fire truck rides, and of course Clarion University's Homecoming football game against Slippery Rock. There is a lot more to come and be a part of while being surrounded by some of the greatest Pennsylvania autumn scenery in Clarion County. For more information and history of the Autumn Leaf Capital of the World, be sure to read the next edition of The Cube. Want the schedule and information on ALF? Please visit http://www.clarionpa.com/