Every year in June, the sweet little town of Wellsboro celebrates the blooming of our state flower with the annual PA State Laurel Festival. I say sweet because Wellsboro is one of the few towns in PA that I would love to live in. Charming shoppes, streets lined with gaslights, and its own theatre are a few of its attractions.
I planned a short vacation around the Laurel Festival and I wasn't disappointed. The weather was summer perfect and the festival and parade were the highlight of our three-day weekend. Held on the green in downtown Wellsboro, the weeklong event included a juried arts and crafts fair, queens pageant, concerts, and a two-hour parade.
We drank three rounds of old fashioned soda pop straight from the tap after buying a metal mug that kept each flavor ice cold... orange, birch, and vanilla cream...yum. When it came to food, the selection was overwhelming, but the smokey smell of bar-b-que meat enticed our taste buds. I chose bison and my husband chose pork. As Emeril says, "Pork fat rules."
It was a fun weekend full of color, flavor, blue skies and warmth. What more could you want from a summer vacation?
|Mountain Laurel, the flower responsible for all this fun|
|Master Minstrel Jerry Brown of Lancaster has a monkey on his back|
|My daughter loved this booth|
|Hand blown glass bubbles|
|He was surrounded by children all day|
|No Plain Plates can hang out here|
|Buy the mug, free refills all day|
|The centerpiece of the park|
|She couldn't stop touching the curly ribbons hanging from her flowery headpiece|
|Parade ready... rain or shine|
|The lovely town of Wellsboro awaits a parade. They set their chairs out the night before.|
|Uncle Sam on stilts|
|One of the many bands that entertained the crowd|
|Checking out the candy stash|
|Pretty girls in colorful dresses represented high schools from all over PA|
|Clowns love a parade|