TROY - The scent of new paint was in the air at the Heritage Village at Alparon Park Thursday in Troy.

That's because the roof of The Little Church has just been painted a dark green for the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival, which is a joint effort of the Troy Rotary Club and the Bradford County Heritage Association. This year, it will be held Sept. 15-16. The hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The painting of the church roof is just one of the many efforts under way to get ready for the festival.

On Thursday, I talked with Bill Brasington, president of the Heritage Association, about all the things that are happening.

"We're busy at work," he commented.

In addition to the painting of the roof, Bill said workers have been scraping and repainting the long picket fence by the inn and just recently, they finished pouring 80 feet of concrete floor for the new Museum Shop.

"We're hoping to use some of the shop area for displays or a demonstration area during the festival," he said.

"We have additional work to do to be ready, everything is on schedule, and we're really looking forward to a great festival," he said.

"We expect this to be the biggest one ever. We have more demonstrations, more vendors, more food selection." He expected more people would show up to see all the additions.

The festival is held on the grounds of the Heritage Village, Farm Museum and Alparon Park. Admission to the festival includes complete access to everything

In addition, there will be wagon rides for children, kids' games, Civil War re-enactors, and "lots of good food for the family," he said.

Other features include quilting, with "a lot of information for people who love quilts," spinning, sheep with sheep shearing, butter making, soap making, wood working, and "a lot of good storytelling."

Bill noted that a table will be set up with people who will be evaluating old guns, and an appraiser will be working with antiques in an antique road show style.

"If you have something you always wondered about, bring it to festival and the appraiser will tell you about it," he said, noting there is a small fee for the antique appraiser.

It really sounds like the festival will be a lot of old-fashioned fun. Mark your calendars.

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