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FarmFest to feature all-organic fun in Centre Hall

Visitors browse plants and vendor booths during the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest at the Grange fairgrounds in 2015.
Visitors browse plants and vendor booths during the Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest at the Grange fairgrounds in 2015. Centre Daily Times, file

There’s still time to squeeze in a few more festivals before the end of the summer, and one of them is taking place at the Grange fairgrounds July 29-30.

The fifth annual Pennsylvania Organic FarmFest will include vendors from across the state, live music, family activities and more. About 4,800 people attended the event last year and organizers are expecting more this year.

“FarmFest is all about bringing organic farmers and consumers together to learn about organic food and farming and celebrate Pennsylvania’s vibrant agricultural heritage,” said Leslie Zuck, executive director of Pennsylvania Certified Organic.

Speakers include Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, who will present awards to organic farmers, and Miles McEvoy, deputy administrator of the National Organic Program.

Local radio station 98.7 The Freq will be hosting live music throughout the weekend. Performers include The Rounders, The Tommy Roberts and Eric Ian Farmer.

On the educational front, Spring Creek Homesteading will host workshops on summer harvest cooking, canning and pickling. The Organic Valley Family arena will feature several activities for kids.

“Kids can milk a wooden cow, feed farm animals and learn about the ecosystems that farmer share with wildlife through demonstrations and hands-on activities,” Zuck said.

Another highlight, Zuck said, is the festival’s food.

“Where else can you enjoy local organic and sustainable food at a zero-waste event? FarmFest even offers organic hotdogs and ice cream,” Zuck said.

Those interested in fiber arts can head to the Wool Village, which is expanding this year following increased demand.

“The Wool Village brings together knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers and needle felters. It offers the opportunity to observe fiber craft demonstrations, shop at vendor booths, and start a new hobby,” said Kim Bierly, the Wool Village coordinator and owner of Main Street Yarn in Rebersburg.

IF YOU GO

  • What: FarmFest
  • When: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 29 and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. July 30
  • Where: Grange fairgrounds, 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall
  • Info: farmfest.paorganic.org
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