Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival returns this weekend; full schedule

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WELLSBORO, Pa. (WETM) – The 79th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival returns this Saturday, June 12, and continues through Sunday, June 20 in Wellsboro. 

Kicking off the festival on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children’s Health Fair on The Green, rain or shine. More than 20 organizations will have booths with information, activities and giveaways. Each youngster at Family Day can take home a free foam rocket or ball.

This Sunday, June 13 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather for judging at 12:25 p.m. in the Packer Park picnic area behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street. At 1:30 p.m., the parade will leave the park, travel up Main Street to The Green where awards will be presented.

A newly released film, “Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds” will be shown in the Coolidge Theatre at 7 p.m. Monday, June 14 and 12 noon on Saturday, June 19 in the Arcadia Theater. Tuesday, June 15 through Friday, June 18 will be four concerts each with different entertainer. Admission is by always appreciated donations.

Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival returning to Wellsboro

For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair, 75 artisans, 10 of them new will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items on Friday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The 25 vendors on the International Street of Foods on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from gyros and tacos to strawberry shortcake.

Friday at noon is the welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates on the Tioga County Courthouse steps.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, the five-member band Boot Hill will open the Pennsylvania Laurel Queen’s Preview on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage at 104 Main Street. The Laurel Queen candidates will be introduced at 5 p.m. and the band will close the event performing their own original roots rock music.

The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start events on Saturday, June 19. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the park. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.

Registration open for Laurel Festival 10K & Fun Run/Walk

At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Nessmuk” will reach Main Street. Waving to the crowd from floats will be Laurel Queen Allison Diehl and the 26 Laurel Queen candidates. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and special units, such as the Bucktails will perform during the parade. 

Capping off Saturday will be the 6:30 p.m. coronation ceremonies during which the 2021 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre. 

On Sunday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAUREL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
79th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival
2021 Schedule of Events
June 12-20, 2021

Free unless stated otherwise; in case of rain, outdoor events will be held indoors

Saturday, June 12
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Family Day & Children’s Health Fair
The Green
 
Sunday, June 13
  1:30 p.m.
Pet Parade
Main Street to The Green
(Judging: 12:30 p.m. at
Packer Park Picnic Area on Queen Street)
 
Monday, June 14
  7 p.m.

90-Minute Film Showing
“Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds” 
Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center
Donation Appreciated

Tuesday, June 15
  7 p.m.

Laurel Concert Series
Callanish, a Celtic Band
Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center
Donation Appreciated
 
Wednesday, June 16
  7 p.m.

Laurel Concert Series
Wellsboro Town Band
Outdoors on The Green
Donation Appreciated
 
Thursday, June 17
 7 p.m.

Laurel Concert Series
Wellsboro Men’s Chorus
Tioga County Courthouse Steps
118 Main Street
Donation Appreciated

Friday, June 18
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair &
International Street of Foods
The Green

12 p.m.
Queen Candidates Welcome
Tioga County Courthouse Steps
118 Main Street

 4:30 p.m.
Queens Preview & Laurel Concert with Boot Hill 
Deane Center Outdoor Stage
Main Street & Central Avenue


 7:30 p.m.
Gathering Time Salutes 
1960s & 1970s Folk-Rock Legends 
Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center
For ticket prices, call 570-724-6220
or visit deanecenter.com
 
Saturday, June 19
 9 a.m.

10K Foot Race & 2-Mile Fun Run
Entry fee: 10K $25; Fun Run $5
Packer Park on Queen Street
 
 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Arts & Crafts Fair &
International Street of Foods
The Green

12 p.m.
90-Minute Film Showing
“Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature in the Pennsylvania Wilds” 
Arcadia Theatre, 50 Main Street
Donation Appreciated

 2 p.m.
Laurel Festival Parade
Nichols, Queen, Main, King, Walnut Streets

 6:30 p.m.
Coronation of 2021 Laurel Queen
Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

7 p.m.
Music In Hickory Grove
Acoustic Music with Sheldon Johnson
Tyoga Golf Course Route 660

Sunday, June 20
10:30 a.m.
Union Church Service
The Green

For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, by calling 570-724-1926, emailing info@wellsboropa.com or visiting wellsboropa.com.

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