On Centre | Around Bellefonte: Children’s fair a Bellefonte tradition

In Bellefonte, the first Saturday in June is for the kids.

Families have celebrated the end of the school year with the annual Bellefonte Children’s Fair since 1949, Sunrise Rotary Club spokeswoman Angela Dick said. This year marks the 66th fair, a one-day event featuring fun, games and entertainment for the whole family.

The club has been volunteering to take responsibility for the event for the last seven years, she said, and the tradition continues. Working with groups like the YMCA, high school swim team and even Sen. Jake Corman, the club is able to bring games and attractions to the intersection of Armor and East Curtin streets.

Food is always a highlight of any fair, and the children’s fair doesn’t disappoint, she said. Whether it’s ice cream from the Kiwanis Club, pizza from a local church or hot dogs from the high school’s Fine Arts Booster Club, the cuisine hits the spot.

Most importantly, the proceeds from the fair go to improve the children’s facilities at the parks of Bellefonte, Dick said. In the past, the Rotary Club has been able to help the borough add playground equipment to the Teener League Park and help the YMCA add a new slide at the borough swimming pool.

This year’s funds will support the borough’s efforts to build an entirely new playground at Governor’s Park, she said.

“The strong community support for this Bellefonte tradition has enabled it to grow each year,” she said. “It has also become a signature event for the club.”