The 26th annual Kinzua Bridge State Park Fall Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 21-22, rain or shine.
Admission is free to the event, which is hosted by the Kinzua Bridge State Park Foundation Inc.
The public is invited to explore over 100 vendors, listen to live music performed by local area musicians, enjoy the aroma of festival food favorites and even enter the fifth annual Sasquatch Calling Contest.
Come see cider making, bannock making, tin punching, broom squire and leather tooling. Walk-through exhibits from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be available on both days. In addition, the Pennsylvania WOODMOBILE traveling exhibit will provide information on the state’s forest resources and the state’s forest products industry.
For animal enthusiasts, the Eagle Dream Rehabilitation Center will feature live birds of prey. Horse and pony rides will also be available.
Returning this year, will be the two-day Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department’s “Famous Chicken Bar-B-Q” for visitors to enjoy under the volunteer firemen’s tent or take-out.
Festival goers are invited to see the new visitors center and Kinzua Bridge Foundation’s site, where you can purchase tickets for hundreds of gifts to be given away on the hour, along with new historic shirts and Kinzua Bridge souvenirs. Here, information will also be available on how to sponsor and personalize a brick for the “Be A Part of History” commemorative brick fundraising campaign.
The MJ2KB Trail Club will be selling bike raffle tickets for a TREK Marlin 4 mountain bike, with the lucky winner being chosen at 4 p.m. on Sept. 22. They will also have t-shirts, Trains Across the Kinzua Bridge DVDs, hand crafted walking sticks and decals for sale. Memberships, donations, fundraisers and grant money are the only means for keeping the rail trail maintained and develop more trails for the community and visitors that come to the area.
Extended handicapped parking is available at the Visitors Center, close to new visitors tent, with chairs accessible for handicap scooters in front of the entertainment stage. The Area Transportation Authority will provide the Trolley to shuttle visitors to and from the parking areas, along with additional service.
Tents and seating will be set up throughout the park for visitors, or visitors can bring a chair. Restrooms will be available nearby.
Currently, the 56 year-old Kinzua Bridge State Park is well supplied with only “sticks and stones” for kids to play outside in the park when visiting. Corporations, businesses, organizations and individuals are asked to consider donating to “Steam Start”, a fundraiser for playground equipment, to be in place by the 2020 Fall Festival. Any size donation will get the “steam engine moving on track.”
Donations can be made at the Kinzua Bridge Foundation tent site or to:
Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Inc., c/o Hamlin Bank & Trust Company, 34 Fraley St., Kane, Pa. 16735.
Noon: Opening Ceremonies
4 p.m.- 5th Annual Sasquatch Calling Contest
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Non-denominational service
Gospel Music- variety of musicians
1 p.m.: Continuous entertainment
2 p.m.: Zem Zem cars
3 p.m.-6 p.m.: Entertainment, drawings, prizes and raffles