HISTORY IS ALIVE AT MAYFEST OF HUNTINGDON APRIL 28, 2012

Back to the 50's Hula Hoop Contest at Mayfest of Huntingdon photo by Ed Stoddard

Back to the 50's Hula Hoop Contest at Mayfest of Huntingdon (photo by Ed Stoddard)

HUNTINGDON, PA — Welcome in spring at Mayfest of Huntingdon, a unique historic-themed festival in Pennsylvania with free entertainment, more than 150 street vendors, and costumed performers from various historical eras. The event is hosted on Washington Street in historic downtown Huntingdon, Pa., on April 28 from 9 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. Attendees will enjoy free music, dance performers, demonstrations and exhibits during their stroll through history at Mayfest; along with store and restaurant specials. Each block on Washington Street features a historical theme: Renaissance Faire presented by Allensville Planing Mill;
Victorian Era; Colonial Times presented by Moove In Self Storage; Back to the 50’s presented by Price Motor Sales; and Woodstock. Attendees are invited to wear costumes to join in the fun. Stage schedules and other details are available at www.MayfestofHuntingdon.com.

New for Mayfest 2012:

Italian Street Painting with Graham Curtis- between 3rd and 4th Streets

Italian Street Painting chalk art at its finest. Join renowned local artist Graham Curtis as he creates a temporary masterpiece in chalk on Washington Street in historic downtown Huntingdon PA. Check it out in the Mayfest Renaissance Faire section on April 28, 2012!

Ray Owens Performances at 12, 1, 2p — between 8th & 7th Streets

Treat yourself to a truly versatile performer, GRAMMY Nominated Singer/Songwriter, and National Recording Artist – an entertainer whose engaging vocal style and infectious blend of good time music and humor continues to captivate audiences across the country. Ray has established himself as one of the most requested entertainers today. His travels have taken him from Camden, Maine, to Key West, Florida – Los Angeles, California, to Long Island, New York, and tours throughout Europe. He has performed with such legendary entertainers as Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie, Bill Monroe and Bob Hope, and he has toured with Willie Nelson and America, as well as many other major acts.

Ray whips up a veritable feast of classic American songs and stirs in a healthy helping of humor for all audiences to enjoy. When he serves it up from center stage, he pulls you into a world of fun. Ray’s repertoire has grown to include some 900 songs and encompasses such a range of traditional classics, original songs and comedy that it is not hard to imagine why he has so much popular appeal to a wide variety of audiences.

The Crustaceans – performance beginning at 3 p.m. – between 5th and 4th Streets

The Crustaceans are an eclectic group of aging rockers who enjoy playing popular classic rock songs. You will be tapping your feet and singing along to these rock-n-roll classics from the ‘60s through today. The Crustaceans will be performing at the Desert Garden Day Spa starting at 3pm on Saturday, April 28 (Washington & 5th) during Mayfest of Huntingdon.

Centre Squares dancing! Performances 10 a.m. – 1 p.m between 8th & 7th Streets

Square, round & line dancing with the popular State College group. Demonstrations and oh, yes, audience participation encouraged!

Entertainment on Every Block of Downtown Huntingdon PA During Mayfest!

Renaissance Block at Mayfest of Huntingdon photo by Ed Stoddard

Make way for the Queen on the Renaissance Block at Mayfest of Huntingdon (photo by Ed Stoddard)

Washington Street festival navigation guide:

  • Renaissance Faire presented by Allensville Planing Mill: Between 3rd & 4th
  • Woodstock: Between 4th & 5th
  • Victorian Era: Between 5th & 6th
  • Back to the 50s presented by Price Motor Sales: Between 6th & 7th
  • Colonial Times presented by Moove In Self Storage: Between 7th & 8th

Stroll Through History on Washington Street in Huntingdon PA on April 28, 2012 DOWNTOWN HUNTINGDON STORES & RESTAURANTS are open. Stop in our shops!

SUMMARY OF EVENTS FOR MAYFEST OF HUNTINGDON 2011 Saturday, April 30:

9:00-5:00 150+ Street Vendors on Washington Street ‐ crafts, art, food, exhibits, demonstrations and more (including approximately 30 non-profit organizations)
9:00-5:00 46th PA Regiment Infantry Civil War Band with period correct clothing – between 5th & 6th Streets
10:00-1:00 Ancient Echoes – between 3rd & 4th Streets
10:00-3:00 Italian Street Painting with Graham Curtis – between 4th & 3rd Streets
10:00-1:00 Centre Squares dancers, demonstration and audience participation – between 8th & 7th Streets
11:00 Dan & Galla – between 6th & 7th Streets
12:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
12:00-4:00 Dayze Gone Bye Conestoga Wagon Rides ‐ Pick up at 5th & Washington Streets ‐ Must have a Mayfest Button to ride. (Can be purchased on the wagon or at the information booth)
12:30 50s Contest Hosted by Dan & Galla – between 6th & 7th Streets. (Near 613 Washington Street) Jitter Bug Contest, Bubble Gum Blowing, Pie Eating, Hula Hoops, FUN! Costume contest: Anyone in a costume can participate! Awards in many categories including most historically period correct and funniest costume.
1:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
1:00 Jump rope and hop scotch competition – between 4th & 5th Streets
1:00 Hootenanny with Local Musicians – between 7th & 8th Streets
1:00 Jen Bertiaux , live acoustic music at The Daily Scoop & Lil Debs Custom Stained Glass Art Studio, 4th & Penn St.
2:00 Nick Miller Project featuring Gabe Green – between 4th and 5th Streets
2:00 Ray Owens, classic American songs – between 8th & 7th Streets
3:00 Street party with local band favorite The Crustaceans! Live music – between 4th & 5th Streets

DETAILS on entertainment plus fun things to do and see at Mayfest of Huntingdon:

Renaissance Faire – Washington Street, between 3rd & 4th Streets Presented by Allensville Planing Mill

Ancient Echoes performs Celtic Music & English County Dance group wears period costumes and interacts with the audience. The group includes Holly Foy who began playing guitar at age 11 and took up the hammered dulcimer in her late 20’s. She plays guitar, Irish skin drum (bodhran) and hammered dulcimer. Also performing will be Lisa McDivitt playing the recorder, harp and Irish floor harp. She has been a member of the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) for over 25 years and spends a week each summer at Pennsic, the largest Renaissance gathering in the world.

Knighting Ceremony – Kids can become knighted by the Queen for doing a good deed. Parents can nominate their children for knighting. Times to be announced.

Don’t miss the zany outhouse race to benefit Relay for Life / Cancer Society, home-brewed beer demonstration and authentic blacksmith demonstration on this block.

Woodstock Era – Washington Street, between 4th & 5th Streets

Dayze Gone Bye Conestoga Wagon Rides (Mayfest button required.) Start your ride in a horse-drawn vintage Conestoga wagon at the corner of 4th & Mifflin. Ride through historic downtown Huntingdon.

The Toss n’ Turn Twirl & Dance Team performs jazzy routines that are sure to be crowd pleasers. Also, don’t miss the jump rope and four-square competition on this block.

Victorian Era – Washington Street, between 5th & 6th Streets

Performing throughout the day will be the 46th PA REGIMENT BAND (Logan Guard) formed in December 1995 by a group of musicians from the Altoona area. The bands desire is to honor the Logan Guard Militia from Lewistown, the 46th PA Volunteer Regiment, and the musicians from Birdsboro Community Band who enlisted together and maintained the morale of the troops with their music throughout the war.

Don’t miss the DUNGEON on this block!

Back to the 50s – Washington Street, between 6th & 7th Streets Presented by Price Motor Sales

Dan & Galla will perform 50s tunes at scheduled times during the day. They also host the fun 50s-style contests like jitter bug, bubble gum blowing, hula hoop, and pie eating!

Don’t miss the COSTUME CONTEST hosted by Dan & Galla! Anyone in a costume can participate! Awards in many categories including most historically period correct and funniest costume.

Colonial Times – Washington Street, between 7th & 8th Streets Presented by Moove In Self Storage

Don’t miss the Hootenanny with local musicians on this block!

CHECK WWW.MAYFESTOFHUNTINGDON.COM FOR STAGE SCHEDULES, DETAILS AND UPDATES

Mayfest of Huntingdon is chaired by volunteer Linda DeArmitt and produced by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The event is sponsored by Price Motor Sales, Moove In Self Storage, Allensville Planing Mill, the Huntingdon County Visitor’s Bureau, The Borough of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, WTAJ-TV Channel 10, wearecentralpa.com, HUNNY 106.3, QWiK Rock, and many local businesses and individuals who donate to make this event possible. Many other sponsors are listed at www.mayfestofhuntingdon.com.

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