Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Annual Crickfest celebrates region’s waterways

The dog days are here, and while many slow down in an effort to beat the heat, a group of volunteers in Penns Valley is just gearing up for an annual late-summer tradition.

Organizers are busy putting the final touches on the annual CrickFest celebrations, which this year will take place Sept. 1.

The festival, a tradition in Penns Valley since 2002, serves as a celebration of the area’s waterways, farms and forests and as a showcase of the beauty that can be found along Elk, Pine and Penns creeks near Coburn Park.

A full slate of local music is again set for the festival, according to the Penns Valley Conservation Association’s website. And the festival will again feature popular children’s activities like the rubber duck races and plenty of learning opportunities.

Money raised during the festival, which offers free admission, goes toward the conservation association’s environmental education programs in the Penns Valley Area School District and to the group’s work to preserve and restore waterways.

The conservation association serves as a steward for the natural and cultural communities in the Upper Penns Creek watershed, and seeks to preserve and honor the agricultural roots of Penns Valley by protecting and conserving its waters, farmlands, forests and rural heritage.

Festival organizers are looking for additional volunteers who are willing to man stations and events during the festival and for local artists, business owners or community members who are willing to donate items for a silent auction. More information can be found on the conservation association’s website.

The festival is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Coburn Park in Coburn.