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Arts Festival's Children's Day Defies High Temperatures

by and on July 08, 2010 6:00 AM

Story by Andrew Searles. Photos by Nathan A. Smith.

Another day of temperatures in the 90s made sure this year's Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts got off to a hot start on Wednesday's Children and Youth Day.

Despite the sweltering July weather, parents and their kids flocked to downtown State College yesterday to take in the opening attractions.

Young merchants and their products lined part of South Allen Street, offering unique purchases at every table. Some of the creations included a marshmallow gun and homemade jewelry as well as paper flowers, which were known at their table as "Faux Flowerz."

In addition to the homespun goods, other artistic highlights captured visitors' imaginations.

Face painting was available for those who were able to suppress their sweat, and goofiness played out on the Old Main lawn in the morning as Esquire the Clown celebrated his 20th year of the "Clown on Call" act.

Several dance groups ignored the steaming hot temperatures and performed their routines anyway at the Old Main lawn -- including the Dance Academy. Alison Heimer 11, of Port Matilda, is one of the Dance Academy's performers.

"I liked going around and looking at the different stuff, especially the jewelry booths," she said. Speaking about the dance performance, she said "It was good, but it was really hot out."

For instant relief from the heat, a walk down South Allen Street delivered a fix. The usual mist fountain and spilling buckets of water are in their usual locations on the 100 block.

Alison Heimer's mother, Lisa, has been taking her son Craig, 14, and her daughter to Children's Day for 13 years, and she noticed how the day has changed throughout the years.

"Parents seemed to be more prepared for the fountains on Allen Street by bringing towels and bathing suits. There also seemed to be more food stands up today then there have been in years past," she said.

Heimer also had this to say of the festival's vendors: "They all have such amazing talents and they all were very interested in helping anyone who came to their table."

The festival kicks into high gear today. For an overview of today's events, or to participate in's microblog and photo-sharing pages, go to this festival page.

For Mike the Mailman's advice on how to see the festival, click here.


Nathan A. Smith graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a BFA in photography. He can be reached at [email protected] or at

Andrew is a Penn State senior majoring in print journalism and is a summer intern. He can be reached at [email protected]
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