Find a Fall Festival this Weekend

If you’re considering a weekend spent on chores – cleaning the garage, removing air conditioners, or whatever – you need to get your priorities straight.

The upcoming weekend is filled with regional fall festivals and if you waste time at home, you’ll regret it.

For starters, catch a hot-air balloon ride at the annual Rotary Festival. This event at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville features entertainment and vendors, as well as spectacular air show attractions. Watch the Misty Blues, an all-woman skydiving team, and Team RV, a precision formation flying team. Or, take to the sky yourself with a helicopter ride or hop in a balloon. Weather permitting, the event features tethered and launched hot-air balloon rides.

While you’re in East Lycoming County, visit historic Muncy’s Backyard Festival. Beginning at 10 a.m., Main Street will be lined with new and classic Corvettes, polished to a dazzling shine, and Keystone Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 will be grilling chicken all day.

Heading west on 220, slide through Loyalsock and catch the Fall Festival at James Short Park, an event that welcomes children with pony rides, a pet parade and bike-decorating contest.

La Festa at Bowman Field, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, is celebrating its 8th year and features Italian food and deserts, as well as live entertainment.

Then head southwest of Williamsport and enjoy tractor and truck pulls at the Antes Fort Historical Days at the Antes Fort Village Park.

Then wrap up your tour of Northcentral PA with a visit north to PA Heritage Festival in Alparon Park, Troy, and a train ride through the mountains at Rail Days at Tioga Central Railroad.

It’s going to be a long, cold winter, so chuck those chores and enjoy an entire weekend of festivals celebrating fall.

Muncy's Backyard Festival

Main Street, Muncy
Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come and see the National Corvette Racing Team Display, Kids Zone Activity Area, Food Court, Local Artist Show and a large collection of Corvettes. Free addmission.


Rotary Festival 2010
Lycoming County Fair Grounds, Hughesville
Sept. 18, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sept. 19, 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Rotary Clubs of Lycoming County are sponsoring the Rotary Festival, which will benefit local charities. The event includes entertainment and vendors, air show attractions, Misty Blues (an all-woman skydiving team), helicopter rides, Team RV (a precision formation flying team), balloon rides (tethered and launches, weather permitting), military displays and demonstrations, the Uptown Music Collective will perform and there will be a Balloon Glow and  Night Jump (Saturday night, weather permitting). The event will be held rain or shine.


Loyalsock Fall Festival
James Short Park, Loyalsock
Sept. 18, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Don't miss the third annual Loyalsock Fall Festival. Start the day with a hot breakfast of juice, sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes. The event also includes horse, wagon and pony rides, food, vendors, children’s activities and games, a Chinese auction, moon bounce, entertainment, a bake sale, a yard sale, fire engine and ambulance tours, a pet parade, a bike decorating contest and parade and more.


La Festa
Bowman Field, Williamsport
Sept. 18,
Join in the fun at the 8th annual La Festa. There will be games and prizes, basket raffles, live music, Italian food and desserts, rides, live entertainment and more. Proceeds will benefit several charities. The event is free and open to the public.


Antes Fort Historical Days

Antes Fort Village Park, Antes Fort
Sept. 17-19
Don't miss this year's Antes Fort Historical Days. There will be tractor and truck pulls, food, games, crafts, live entertainment, fireworks and more during the three-day event.


AutumnFest 2010

Divine Providence Hospital Grounds, Williamsport
Sept. 19, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Breakfast is offered from 7 -11 a.m., followed by a hayride to pumpkin patch, Bingo, food, games, arts and crafts, Chinese and silent auctions, raffles, and live entertainment from 1 - 3 p.m. featuring Danny Kimble, and from 3 - 5 p.m. Covert Action will take the stage.


PA Heritage Festival
Alparon Park, Troy
Sept. 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Bradford County Heritage Association and the Troy Rotary Club present the PA Heritage Festival featuring the Historic Village and Artisan Marketplace. The event offers demonstrations and the region's largest display of antique carriages and sleighs along with the finest in handcrafted traditional, folk and contemporary fine arts and crafts and the best in Pennsylvania foods and agricultural products. Events include 1822 Historic Inn tours and Heritage Museum exhibits, a juried art and craft show, children's games and activities, living history demonstrations and antique appraiser. Camping is available. Admission is $4, children 12 and under admitted free.


Rail Days at Tioga Central Railroad
Sept. 17 – 19

Tioga Central Railroad Rail Days celebrates the love of railroading for people of all ages.

Rail Days Schedule:
Friday, Sept. 17
6 p.m.: Broadway Limited excursion to Tioga (Dinner available)

Saturday, Sept. 18
7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.: Caboose Hops with photo opportunity at Cornell
Brothers Feed Mill
8 a.m.: Photo Fanatic with photo run-by in rock cut north of Hammond Lake (Coffee and donuts available)
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Speeder Rides at Charleston Street
10 a.m.: History Presentation at Wellsboro Junction. Meet at Conrail Caboose. (FREE)
Noon: Hobo Special with photo run-by at Hills Creek Bridge (Lunch included)
2 p.m.: History Presentation at Wellsboro Junction. Meet at Conrail Caboose. (FREE)
3 p.m.: Trail Blazer to Hammond Lake
6 p.m.: Broadway Limited excursion to Tioga (Dinner available)
8:15 p.m. (approx): Night Photo Opportunity at Wellsboro Junction (FREE)

Sunday, Sept 19
8 a.m.: New Yorker to Hammond Lake (Breakfast available)
11 a.m.: Sunday Flyer to Hammond Lake (Brunch available)
For more information, call (570) 724-0990 or visit the website at

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