With a vast array of homemade foods, it's certain to satisfy the taste buds.

In the mood for some pick-me-up music?

Grab a seat and sing along as the talented entertainers belt out one tune after another.

Crave thrill and excitement?

Kids can blast off on the action-packed rides of their choice.

All that and more awaits at the 23rd annual Palmerton Community Festival, to be held this weekend in the borough park.

This year's event will run from 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.

There is no admission charge, parking is free, and handicapped parking is available. No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller skates are permitted in the park the entire weekend.

As usual, there will be no shortage of food vendors, some of which will open as of mid-afternoon Friday. Rides, crafts, bingo, games and a Chinese auction are among other featured attractions.

The festival opens at 4:45 p.m. Friday, with an opening ceremony on the Main Stage, at which time the Palmerton United Veteran's Organization will serve as color guard and present the flag, said Susie Arner, festival chairperson.

"This year, as we are saluting our veterans, we also will feature some of the festival volunteers to sing the national anthem," Arner said. "We will take a few seconds to recognize all of the nonprofit groups participating in the festival."

Of course, the festival wouldn't be complete without its exciting brand of entertainment.

This year's impressive lineup of free entertainment is as follows: Friday, Tracy Lee Band, 5-7 p.m. Main Stage; Fabulous Greaseband, 8-10:30 p.m. Main Stage; Saturday, Palmerton Community Band, 12-2 p.m., Gazebo; Parrotbeach, 2-5 p.m. Main Stage; Becky and the Beasts, 5-8 p.m. Gazebo; Mahoney Brothers, 8-10:30 p.m. Main Stage; and Sunday, Pennsylvania Villagers, 12-2 p.m. Gazebo; Midnight Special 2-5 p.m. Main Stage; and Twitty Fever, 6-9 p.m. Main Stage.

New this year is a free child identification program from the Lehigh Valley Community Resource Center, where they will electronically scan a child's fingerprints, take a video and photo, and everything will be put on a CD, which is Amber Alert certified, at no charge. The free service will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is supported by the Lehighton 912 Project, and Customer 1 Auto of Walnutport and Lehighton.

In addition, the Palmerton Area Historical Society will provide a bus tour of Palmerton at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in celebration of its Centennial this year. The tour is about one to 1 1/2 hours long. Tickets can be purchased for $3 at the PAHS booth. For more information about the tour, contact Jane Borbe at (610) 767-5638.

Also, Saint John Neumann Regional School announces the opening of the Saint John Neumann Sweet Shop at the festival. The Home and School Association will offer a selection of wrapped candy, and festivalgoers will be able to choose their own candy combinations. Along with sweets, patrons can also get a temporary air brush tattoo, which is 100-percent toxic-free, hypo-allergenic, and should last three to seven days with proper care.

A duck race will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday for the West End Fire Co. of Palmerton, and the Palmerton Halloween Parade. There are a limited number of tickets for sale, which may be purchased at the information booth.

Arner said the festival committee encourages visitors to give the volunteers at work a smile and friendly face as they continue to support their favorite stands, along with the new ones.

"You, the community, are the support and success of this event, so we want to say thank you to everyone for being supportive for so many years, and let's keep this going," she said. "And we hope Mother nature is kind to us."

For more information, contact (484) 225-8383, or visit