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PA State Laurel Festival

PA State Laurel Festival

Every year in mid-June the community of Wellsboro celebrates the blooming of our State flower with the annual PA State Laurel Festival. Plans are already underway for the 76th PA State Laurel Festival to be held June 10-18, 2017. The week-long event will include a juried arts and crafts fair, queens pageant, pet parade, children’s health fair, and foot races, a gospel sing and several musical concerts, as well as the traditional two-hour Laurel Festival Parade. This is always a great week packed full of fun for the entire family – you are sure to find something for everyone’s taste.

The Laurel Festival is truly a “State” festival. Miss Valerie Smith from Jersey Shore, PA, representing Jersey Shore Area Senior High School, is the 2016 PA State Laurel Queen. She will return to Wellsboro to reign over the Festival and crown the 2017 PA State Laurel Queen from among the beautiful young ladies chosen to represent high schools from throughout Pennsylvania.

Our parade traditionally features high school bands, drum and bugle corps, Shriner’s units, floats, fire trucks and more from throughout the state, joined by several of our friends and neighbors from New York as well.

The Festival was first held in 1938, and was the brainchild of a local businessman named Larry Woodin, who was hoping to boost a sagging economy by promoting the beautiful Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The festival was originally organized by the Lions Club, but today’s festival is sponsored by the Wellsboro Foundation, Inc., administered by the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, and is organized by a committee of volunteers who work year round to ensure its success.

 

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PA State Laurel Festival Video


Printable Schedule 2017

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