Heritage Festival winds down
The last day of the 17th annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival on Sunday brought more acceptable weather than its Saturday opening, with temperatures in the mid-50s and a continuous breeze, an epitome of the first day of fall.
The event is centered around a heritage village, located within the boundaries of Alparon Park in Troy, and aside from children with cell phones and modern clothing on most attendees, it doesn't take much of an imagination to travel back to 19th century America. Numerous artisans lined walking paths and vendors did business out of tents selling period correct reproductions of dresses, quilts and memorabilia.
Demonstrations were plenty, ranging from metalworking and woodworking to oxen driving and Civil War reenacting.
The 4th US Light Artillery Regiment marched through the grounds with a cannon in tow, as Captain Robert Wheeler gave orders. Sunday brought four cannon shots, with some spectators jumping after each booming report startled them. The regiment attempted to reload as fast as possible as a curator explained the process to an interested crowd that had gathered around.
Two vendors, Lynda Quinn of Granville Summit and Carol Wooley of Mansfield said they enjoy the heritage festival each year.
"We really love it here," Wooley said.
Both agreed that the event is a great opportunity for children and adults to see what life was like in the 19th century.
"Some of the kids here are very interested in this, and I don't think they get enough of it in school," Quinn said.
"It's important kids see what people had to go through," Wooley said.
But the heritage festival is more than just educating kids, the women said, it's also a fun experience.
"The people here are just great. Yesterday, with the windy weather, our tent flew away and a bunch of families and people came over and helped a ton," Quinn said.
Wooley said one of the biggest selling points for the event was that not only are many of the demonstrations interactive, but they are all free, after the $4 price of admission.
The majority of artisans were very open to talking about their craft with those who were interested.
All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Bradford County Heritage Association and community projects of the Troy Rotary.
Next year's event will take place on Sept. 20 and 21, again at Alparon Park in Troy.
Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.