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People’s Choice Festival celebrates 30 years of arts and community | Centre County Gazette

People’s Choice Festival celebrates 30 years of arts and community | Centre County Gazette

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

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

George and Nancy Marion organized a group of volunteers to put on the festival, which first took place during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1993 and featured about 50 vendors and several groups at the time. Now in its third year at Grange Park in Center Hall, it gives the festival extra space to include more than 200 artisans, a wide variety of food vendors, live performances and activities for people of all ages.

“We invite many of our friends and family to the festival. We want them to visit their favorite artists, meet new ones, enjoy free entertainment, sample great food and have a relaxing visit away from the hustle and bustle,” said Amy Madison, People’s Choice promotions director.

The four-day festival will feature a variety of entertainment, from local artists to mimic bands, food and specialty food vendors to wine and cider makers, and of course, talented artisans working in a wide variety of mediums, including wood, clay, baskets, textiles, paintings, prints, photography and more.

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

Parking for People’s Choice is free for all visitors and is supported by Bath Fitter. In place of the previous parking fee, the event is requesting donations of non-perishable food, which will be collected throughout the festival and donated to a local food bank after the event is complete.

For more information, visit peopleschoicefestival.com.