People’s Choice Festival Celebrates 30 Years of Art and Community | Centre County Gazette
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People’s Choice Festival Celebrates 30 Years of Art and Community | Centre County Gazette

People’s Choice Festival Celebrates 30 Years of Art and Community | Centre County Gazette

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

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

George and Nancy Marion first organized a group of volunteers in 1993 to organize the festival — which is part of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts — with about 50 vendors and several bands at the time. Now entering its third year at Grange Park in Center Hall, it provides additional space for the festival to feature more than 200 artisans, a wide variety of food vendors, live performances and activities for all ages.

“We invite a wide range of friends and family to the festival to see their favorite artists, meet new ones, enjoy free entertainment, enjoy great food and relax away from the hustle and bustle,” said Amy Madison, People’s Choice advertising director.

The four-day festival will feature entertainment ranging from local acts to cover bands, food and specialty stalls, wineries and cidery shops, and of course, talented craftspeople who work with a wide range of materials including wood, clay, baskets, fabrics, paintings, prints, photography and more.

This year, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the festival will have a special 30th Anniversary Tent, courtesy of State College Framing Company. The tent will feature memorabilia from the past 30 years of the festival, and a special 30th Anniversary Cake, provided by Delectable Delights of Centre Hall, will be served on Saturday, July 13.

Parking for People’s Choice is free for all guests and is sponsored by Bath Fitter. In lieu of the previous parking fee, the event is asking for donations of non-perishable food to be collected during the festival and donated to a local food bank after the event.

For more information, visit peopleschoicefestival.com.