People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts coming to Boalsburg

Right now, Happy Valley seems to be anticipating one main event: Independence Day. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that all fun activities hit a standstill once the fireworks are over.

The 2018 People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts is coming to Happy Valley, Thursday, July 12-Sunday, July 15. Head to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg to see this giant arts and crafts fest sprawled across the museum grounds.

History

The first People’s Choice Festival was organized 26 years ago by volunteers. Local artist George Marion and his friends wanted to show their work at a new festival that would occur simultaneously with State College's Festival of the Arts. Local artisans saw the ad George placed in the newspaper and flocked to sign up. That first year, there were around 60 artists and four food vendors. Now, the People’s Choice Festival features approximately 200 artists, 40 musical entertainers on two stages and 24 food vendors. There’s always something for everyone!

Arts and Crafts

Looking for clothes, gifts or other trinkets? If so, you won’t leave the People’s Choice Festival empty-handed. All of the vendors are from Pennsylvania and sell high-quality, affordable crafts. In fact, there are 13 categories of crafts at this fair: action, baskets, clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, other arts, photography, polymer clay, wood and 2D.

Shoppers will be able to find scarves, necklaces, wax art, you name it! To see complete lists of artists in all categories, visit https://peopleschoicefestival.com/?page_id=677 and start planning your shopping spree.

For Kids

Parents, don’t worry about finding a sitter — this festival is more than child-friendly! Different events designed for children will be going on each day of the festival.

The State College Senior High Thespians will be at the festival to paint faces Thursday through Sunday. Catch the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile on Friday and Saturday, and stop by the Young Artisan Sales Thursday and Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

If you’re looking for something both educational and entertaining, the Dominion Science Center has just what you seek. They will have their Hands On Kids Science Museum all throughout the festival.

Other events include a children’s BMX show, bounce houses and tie-dyeing. 

Music

The People’s Choice Festival has continuous entertainment running on its north and south stages all day, Thursday through Sunday. Entertainers include Take Note, the Bellefonte Community Band, SGT Bob, Caryn Dixon and many others.

Those who want to attend the festival on Sunday but don’t want to miss a church service can head over to the south stage at 10:30 a.m. Sunday for a community worship service. Visit the People’s Choice Festival’s music page to see the full lineup, set times and locations.

Food

The People’s Choice Festival is expected to have a stellar food lineup, with over 20 Pennsylvanian food vendors bringing their best to Boalsburg, and they expect you to come hungry! Attendees can eat classic fairground fast food such as funnel cakes, kettle corn and lemonade, or they can head to the specialty foods tent to grab some maple syrup, hot sauce, salsa and other goodies.

Some of the vendors include Prospectors Pulled Pork BBQ, Packer’s Concessions, Cowboy Kettle Corn and Rosie’s Pierogies. For the full list of vendors, visit https://peopleschoicefestival.com/?page_id=657.

Wine

People ages 21 and over can come to the festival to sample wine from eight local winery and vineyard booths. The wine vendors are Happy Valley Vineyard & Winery, Hawstone Hollow Winery, Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery, Sand Castle Winery, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars, Starr Hill Vineyard & Winery, Stonekeep Meadery and University Wine Company. 

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