The crispness of leaves, the crack of biting into a juicy apple, the golden red and orange glow of nature’s colors all mark the return of the autumn season. And September 18 through the 20th, 2015 marks the return of what has become another local fall tradition—Montoursville’s Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Annual Fun Festival.
The festival has become an event that not only celebrates the season of pumpkins and leaves, but one that celebrates the seasonless notion of community, as it now draws attendees from throughout this area who come together for a fun few days at 100 Walnut Street in Montoursville.
The festival will feature daily fun activities for kids small and large, including rides, games, raffles, and more. Themed baskets, always popular, will be chanced off, or folks can try their hands at winning dessert at the ever popular cake wheel. Autumn decorations will be available for purchase at the pumpkin and mum stand, a popular spot last year.
Entertainment will delight every day. On Friday, September 18, the Eastern Lycoming YMCA will demonstrate some fast-moving techniques from one of its newest classes, Urban Kick at 5:00 pm. Afterward, from 7:00- 9:00 pm, vocalist Jenna Evelhair with guest drummer Joel Vincent will entertain with their melodies and rhythms.
On September 19, Saturday’s music starts at 5:00 pm with the ragtime piano tunes of local favorite Tom Wetzel, while folks can groove to the classic rock tunes of the group Walk Don’t Run from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
Sunday, September 20, at noon will see an exciting performance from the students of LKW Dance Studio, then from 1:00 until 3:00 pm students from the Uptown Music Collective will entertain. Hold your hats and break out the red noses, because the Goof Troup Clowns will be up to all kinds of mischief and fun Sunday as well.
No festival is ever complete without lots of festival food, and the Our Lady of Lourdes Fun Festival has plenty of that. The perennial favorite apple dumplings make a return (but in limited quantities, so get them quickly), while homemade French fries, funnel cakes, walking tacos, hot sausage, burgers and hot dogs will also be available for noshing.
The Friday Night dinner this year features baked ham, served with green beans, scalloped potatoes, pepper slaw, roll, butter, coffee, tea and iced tea, served from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the parish hall (take-outs available) for only $8.00 (tickets sold at the door).
Festival hours are Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19 from 5:00 until 9:00 pm, and Sunday, September 20 from noon until 4:00 pm at the parish located at 100 Walnut Street in Montoursville. For more information visit the parish web site at , or call the parish at 570-368-8598.
(Information from Pamela Collins)