Celebrate Spring at Mayfest

Mayfest, the beloved annual festival and the only one of its kind in Pennsylvania, celebrates its 15th anniversary on Saturday, April 27. Taking place in Historic Downtown Huntingdon, each of the five blocks on Washington Street is transformed to showcase a different era in history: Renaissance Faire, Woodstock, Victorian Era, Back to the 50s, and Colonial Times.

Part costume party, part living history education and music extravaganza, Mayfest gives visitors the opportunity to literally stroll through time while enjoying the breeze off the Juniata River. Each historical block is complete with live entertainment, including period-appropriate games and music, to keep things authentic and lively. Don’t be surprised to see a spontaneous display of street dancing! Many of the attendees, participants and exhibitors dress for the occasion in their finest historically accurate garb, from full-on tie dye to proper Victorian fashions.

There is something for all ages to enjoy at Mayfest, including musical performances throughout the day, a plentiful selection of children’s activities and educational fun, delicious street fare, live bands and more than 150 craft vendors. Dance performances include Full Kilt, Belly Dancing and Tri Na Nog Traditional Irish Dance. The Art Space Parking Lot at 4th and Penn Streets will host demonstrations by Blacksmith Dave Berger and Chainsaw Artist Richard Hamilton of RLH Wood Sculptures. For the kids, the Huntingdon Conservation District will be at Portstown Park with Smoke Shack doing projects.

In addition to the party in the streets, there is also plenty going on in other locations around town. A quilt show at the Huntingdon Community Center, 310 5th Street, Huntingdon, features original quilts on display and for sale, quilting demonstrations, a craft table and door prizes. Local businesses and restaurants will offer festival-inspired specials for the day.

Visitors can support Mayfest by purchasing a button at any of the Huntingdon County United Way booths along the festival route. Rides on the Conestoga Wagon by Dayze Gone Bye Carriage Rides and on the delightful ponies at Party Ponies are free to anyone bearing a festival button.

Mayfest is held every year on the last Saturday in April and takes place from 9:00a.m.–5:00 p.m. rain or shine. Best part? Admission is free! The festival also offers free parking and is located only two blocks from Huntingdon Amtrak Station. There are parking areas off Penn Street and off-street parking on Moore Street, Mifflin Street and other side streets. All your favorite downtown restaurants will be open — Boxer’s Café, Stone Town Gallery and Café, Wildflower Café, All American Pizza and others — along with several street food vendors. A truly unique experience, Mayfest promises fun for the entire family! Mayfest, Washington Street, Huntingdon; Website: http://www.raystown.org/events-overview/mayfest-of-huntingdon-2019

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