On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Art, music and more set for 30th annual fair

State College and Boalsburg both had their time in the spotlight with arts and crafts fairs, and now it’s Bellefonte’s turn.

The 30th annual Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair is set for Aug. 16 and 17 in Talleyrand Park and is scheduled to host many vendors and musical acts.

Like the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and the People’s Choice Festival of Pennsylvania Arts and Crafts, the fair will have many booths set up with vendors throughout the park and feature music and food. Two stages will host the musical acts, and booths will be located on both sides of Spring Creek.

Last year, more than 100 artists made the trek to Bellefonte from around the state and elsewhere in the Northeast. The artists’ works are broken down into categories like ceramics, fiber/textiles, food, glass, leather, general, jewelry, painting, photography, pottery and wood.

Though people come from all over to be in the fair, a special area will be designed for local merchants to show off their merchandise and services. The “Hometown Bellefonte” area will be on the brick walkway near the train station.

The event is designed for all ages with children’s activities planned on both days of the fair, and a youth artists section where people between the ages of 8 and 17 will get the chance to set up booths from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Three awards are also given to some artists for Best in Show, Best New Artist and Best Returning Artist.

A variety of musical acts will include everything from folk and country, to big band and swing, jazz and R&B. A full list of the musicians and bands can be found on the fair’s website at

The fair will also again run in connection with Herbie’s Hometown Loop on the morning of Aug. 17. Varying events including a 4-mile run/walk, 10-mile run and 14-mile bike ride will honor Jeremy Herbstritt, a Bellefonte native killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.