Last First Saturday Festival of season held in Williamsport

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WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There are only a few more weeks left this summer and one local event had its last celebration on the season.

It’s one of Williamsport’s last kickoffs of summer and unlike other events, this has something for everyone.

“The event started because we were trying to get some people who didn’t know what downtown has to offer and you know to create some more kid-friendly events,” Williamsport Business Association president Beth Armanda said.

First Saturdays have been around for three years and it’s organized by the Williamsport Business Association. Local vendors filled Pine Street with food, music, activities and crafts. Usually, it’s the first Saturday of the month from May to September, but 2020’s was canceled. This year’s ends in August.

“We don’t do one in September this year because it’s Labor Day weekend and we’re looking for some extra help,” Armanda said.

So, plenty of people came out to soak up the last First Saturday of the year.

“If you haven’t been downtown, you need to get downtown and to the fair because it is awesome,” Williamsport resident Ryan Savitsky said.

“It’s a privilege and everybody needs it and we’re all happy for it. For sure,” Williamsport resident Peter Harris said.

Others say these events are important because it provides activities for children and connects them to the community.

“It instills in them a sense of community and what our community has to offer. And I think that’s important for kids, they need to know that this is their place too,” Williamsport Lycoming Arts Council president Debi Burch said.

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