BELLEFONTE — A well-established Bellefonte tradition returns in 2022.
After being missed in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bellefonte Children’s Fair is making a comeback.
This year the fair will be held on Saturday 4 June from 10am to 4pm at the intersection of Curtin Street and Armor Street in the residential area of Bellefonte. The tradition began in 1949 to allow children and families to celebrate the last day of school.
It always takes place on the first Saturday in June. The day-long event features food, games, activities and entertainment for the whole family. Proceeds from the event help raise money for the community’s parks.
There is no rainy date for the children’s fair.
“The fair always plays with the weather, as we don’t offer a rainy date, but last year we were grateful for great weather,” said organizer Angela Dick.
Show attendees will be able to purchase the following groceries: Canyon Pizza, Miller’s Shaved Ice, Brazilian Munchies, Nutty Bavarian and Kiwanis Ice Cream. The fair will also have many fun booths from Zion Community Church, Discovery Space Center, Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks, Center County Library, Girl Scouts, Mount Nittany Health, YMCA, Center County Sheriff’s Office, Watermark Church and more .
The Children’s Fair has a Facebook page so be sure to check it out.
A few special characters will also stop by to greet everyone during the fair. A special guest to watch out for is Ike the Spike from State College Spikes. Center County Master Gardeners sell plants, including those donated by Woodrings Floral Gardens and the Bellefonte Garden Club, which offer a variety of items for parents. Entertainment for the day includes many from many talented local groups. The entertainment program is as follows:
10 a.m. – American Raiders Baton Corp
10:30 am — Exotic adventures
Midday – Bellefonte Community Band
1pm – Hot Styles Dance Company
1:30pm – Ike the Spike
According to the organizers of the Children’s Fair, all proceeds from the fair support the improvement of children’s facilities in the Bellefonte Parks. To date, the Bellefonte Sunrise Rotary Club has helped the Bellefonte County add play equipment at Teener League, Parkview Heights Park, and Governor’s Park, assisted the YMCA in replacing the slide at Kepler Pool, and assisted with the installation of handicap accessible play equipment help in Governor’s Park.