Summerfest a big hit
Eclectic Circus performed in the streets and sidewalks during the event. From left are Bryant Butala, Dani Davison and Jess Smallwood. See additional photos on page 2
Father's Day made for a fun day during the Tamaqua Historical Society's 23rd Annual Tamaqua Summerfest held in downtown Tamaqua on Sunday.
In addition to more than 90 crafters and food venders, visitors to the family-oriented festival enjoyed traditional activities, in addition to a few new ones this year.
Some events and activities during the festival consisted of a band performance by Bwahaha, Tamaqua Volunteers history guessing game, special display from the J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills, arts and crafts activities at the Tamaqua Community Art Center and Tamaqua Street Machine Car Show.
In addition, there was the League of Literaries Dunk Tank, Leiby's Belgian draft horse trolley rides, Victorian Highwheelers, Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club display, roaming performances by the Eclectic Circus and more.
"It was a great way to spend a day with your dad and family," said Dale Freudenberger, society president. "It also 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."
"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, vendors and sponsors 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.