People’s Choice Festival celebrates 30 years of art and community | Center County Gazette

CENTER HALL — The annual People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts, Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, is celebrating a major milestone. This year’s art show is the 30th anniversary of the local event.

Founded in 1993 as a small community event, the arts festival has undergone many changes, including a new location and a pandemic, as it has evolved over the past three decades.

George and Nancy Marion first organized a group of volunteers in 1993 to put on the festival — which is timed during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts — which featured about 50 vendors at the time and a few bands. Now in its third year at Grange Park in Center Hall, providing additional space for the festival to include over 200 artisans, a variety of food vendors, live performances and activities for all ages.

“We invite our many friends and families to come out to the festival to see their favorite artists and meet new ones, enjoy free entertainment, enjoy great food and have a relaxing visit away from the hustle and bustle,” Amy Madison, People’s Choice Director of Publicity , said.

The four-day festival will feature a range of entertainment – from local artists to tribute bands – food and specialty food vendors, wineries and cideries and of course the talented artisans working in a wide range of mediums including wood, clay, basketry, textiles, paintings , print, photography and more.

This year, to celebrate 30 years, the festival will feature a special 30th anniversary marquee, made possible by the State College Framing Company. The marquee will feature memorabilia from the past 30 years of the festival, and a special 30th anniversary cake, provided by Delectable Delights of Center Hall, will be served on Saturday, July 13.

Parking for People’s Choice is free for all visitors and is sponsored by Badmontören. In lieu of the previous parking fee, the event is requesting donations of nonperishable foods, which will be collected throughout the festival and donated to a local food bank at the conclusion of the event.

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