Huntingdon Mayfest scheduled for Saturday | Local
Washington Street will transform into a time-traveling festival on Saturday as Huntingdon’s Mayfest takes over five blocks downtown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The one-of-a-kind event will stretch from William Smith Street (Third Street) to Eighth Street and will feature over 150 vendors, as well as live music, demonstrations, dance performances, wine tastings , living history programs and many meals. .
What makes Huntingdon’s Mayfest celebration unique is its dedication to historical themes. Each block of Washington Street within the festival grounds is dedicated to a different period in history, including the colonial era, the Victorian era, the 1950s and 1960s, with the option to come in costume, according to the mayor of Huntingdon, Tom Yoder.
“There are more exhibitors this year than ever before. This, coupled with great food and entertainment, makes for a perfect day,” Yoder said.
This year’s hosts are Wildflower Cafe & Goodnight Moon, Raystown Lake Region; and Slingers Throw House of Altoona.
Jess and Darin Shultz, owners of Wildflower Cafe & Goodnight Moon are located right in the middle of the festivities at 516 Washington St.
They say the event is one of the best times Huntingdon has to offer.
“We love seeing everyone from the community and those traveling to be a part of Mayfest,” the couple wrote. “We enjoy the experience of setting up outside to sell and being able to showcase all of our local artists. It’s our busiest and most fun weekend every year.
Special attractions at this year’s Mayfest include ghost tours of the Clifton Theatre, Shaggy Mountain Petting Zoo, Miss Choo Balloon Twister, Steve’s Vintage Photography and the return of the Redbud Quilt Guild’s Huntingdon Quilt Show to the Huntingdon Community Centre.
Mayfest will go on rain or shine. The weather is expected to show its temperamental side on Saturday, with lows of 41, highs of 65 and a mix of sun and cloud. Additionally, motorists should exercise caution as Washington Street will be closed to through traffic near the festival.
Few appreciate a festival with a touch of time travel more than local historians like Lonnie Smith.
“The Huntingdon County History and Heritage Roundtable is thrilled to be back at Mayfest,” said Smith, who is also president of the Huntingdon County Historical Society, adding that the roundtable will have its stand located in the Victorian block.
“The best part of being there is being able to talk to all the wonderful people who visit and enjoy the festival,” Smith said, adding that Mayfest gives roundtable members the opportunity to share their mission with a different audience.
“We are here to promote the wonderful historic attractions that preserve our fantastic history and heritage,” he said.
Event organizer and founder Linda DeArmitt, who always wears her festive best to the annual Mayfest, makes her usual request of event visitors: get dressed up! The best-dressed participant will receive a cash prize of $85.
Live music will be performed by Nick Miller, Dylan Miller, Make Mine Country, Full Kilt and Dan & Galla. Additionally, Stone Town Gallery and Muddy Run Tavern will host live music throughout the day.
Yoder said Mayfest has, in part, inspired borough leaders to create more opportunities for downtown festivities.
“The borough wants to support our downtown and its merchants with engaging activities like Mayfest,” he said. “We are planning more events and entertainment throughout the year. A vibrant and thriving downtown is so important to our community.
Mayfest 2022 sponsors are: Allensville Planing Mill (APM), Moove In Self Storage, SPE Federal Credit Union, American Legion Post 24, Mutual Benefit Group, Hollenbaugh Trash and Recycling, Standing Stone Post 1754 VFW and JD Byrider Car Dealership.