Historical society holds 21st Summerfest
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Pictured riding on the Brandywine Miniature Railroad are, from left, Donna Gallagher, and her children, Bryce, 2, Holly, 5, and Lacey, 4.
Sunny Father's Day weather made for a perfect day for the Tamaqua Historical Society's 21st Annual Tamaqua Summerfest, which took place Sunday in downtown Tamaqua.
Visitors to the family-oriented festival enjoyed traditional activities, in addition to a few new ones this year.
Some new free events and activities consisted of a band performance by 'Won Ton' at the Tamaqua Area School District administration building parking lot, a ride in a large inflatable hamster ball, a visit with Indians at the wigwam tent staged at the Depot Square Park and a number of others.
"It was a great way to spend Father's Day," said Dale Freudenberger, society president. "It provides for an economical, stay-at-home holiday, which is especially welcome at a time when the price of gas has people looking for ways to enjoy themselves in the local area rather than driving a distance."
In addition to more than 80 crafters and food venders, some other attractions included the Brandywine Miniature Railroad, Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club display, Victorian Highwheelers, TASM Car Show, steam calliope, dunk tank, Leiby's Belgian draft horse trolley rides and others.
"Summerfest is always one of the largest single day activities in Downtown Tamaqua and we are glad to see everyone come out have fun," said Linda Yulanavage, society secretary.
Freudenberger expressed his appreciation to all the volunteers who help with this event every year.
For more information about the next Summerfest or the Heritage Festival, contact the Tamaqua Historical Society at (570) 668-5722.