It's hard to keep a good thing down.

Wet or not, the 22nd annual Palmerton Community Festival will run from Friday through Sunday in the borough park.

The event is open 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, free parking, and plenty of free entertainment, bingo, rides, Chinese auction, games, homemade foods and crafts.

No pets, bikes, skateboards or roller skates of any type are allowed in the park the entire weekend. Handicapped parking is available.

Susie Arner, festival chairperson, said the rain hasn't made for the most ideal of circumstances with regard to the condition of the park.

"We hope that everyone understands that we're doing the best we can, considering the weather conditions, to preserve the integrity of the park as well as to provide a wonderful festival as we have in past years," Arner said. "For those who are concerned with rain and mud, the festival committee and borough will work together after the festival to put [the park] back to what it needs to be."

Arner said she hopes patrons will continue to come out and support the festival, as it's the largest fundraiser of the year for many organizations.

"As much entertainment will happen as possible," she said. "We certainly are hoping for just cloudy skies and maybe a glimpse of the sun."

Rain or no rain, Arner said the festival will operate as efficiently as possible.

"All the stands are in place and ready to go," she said. "There may be a limited number of amusement rides due to the mud and weather conditions."

The festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a rendition of the national anthem, followed by a short ceremony. Entertainment will include Nicole Donatone from 5-7 p.m. on the main stage; McElligott School of Irish Dance at 7 p.m. on the bandstand; and Hollywood Nights from 8-10:30 p.m. on the main stage.

On Saturday, the Palmerton Community Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. on the bandstand; Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods from 2-5 p.m. on the main stage; Tracy Lee Band from 5-8 p.m. on the bandstand; and the Mahoney Brothers from 8-10:30 p.m on the main stage.

Sunday features a Pay One Price Ride Special from noon to 5 p.m., as well as entertainment from the PA Villagers from noon to 2 p.m. on the bandstand, the Uptown Band from 3-5 p.m. on the main stage and the Twitty Fever Band from 6-9 p.m. on the main stage.

Also on Sunday, Arner said a 9/11 remembrance ceremony will be held from 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. on the main stage.

"We encourage everyone to come out and join us as we show respect in remembering the events of September 11," she said. "Those who lost their lives and those who responded that awful day will be honored and paid tribute."

Arner said the ceremony is certain to strike a chord with those who observe it.

"Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend this special ceremony," she said. "Although it will be brief, it will not lack emotion, honor and respect for those it is in memory of. "

For more information, contact 484-225-8383, or visit www.palmertonfestival.com [1].