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Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Named a Top 10 Summer Festival

by on May 07, 2013 10:08 AM

Longtime residents know the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is a special event. But now, the rest of the country is finding out too. The Arts Fest, as it's affectionately called around here, has been named to Livability.com’s Top 10 Summer Festivals list, coming in at No. 5.

The website says the Arts Fest was picked because, “More than 100,000 people attend this five-day celebration of artwork, music and culture, which features more than 300 of the nation’s best artists."

That's no surprise to Rick Bryant, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Bryant says, "Each festival was chosen because it captured the essence of its city. For someone to say that State College is about hearing some music, shopping for things people actually make by hand and getting together with friends and family, I think that's fantastic."

Arts Fest 2013 is set for July 11-14.

Livability.com explains how summer festivals were rated, "...we looked for those most connected to their host cities' identities in terms of theme, the experiences to be had and community participation."

The website bills itself as, "a comprehensive online resource on more than 500 of America's Best Places to live, visit, work, play and explore."

Rounding out the top five best summer festivals:

No. 4: Athens, GA, AthFest is a five-day festival held June 19-23. Athfest features live music with over 200 bands performing.

No. 3: Abingdon, VA, The Virginia Highlands Festival is a 10-day event that's held August 2-11. It showcases the town's beauty, history and cultural amenities.

No 2: Portland, OR, The Portland Rose Festival attracts more than 1 million people to a month-long series of parades, art shows, concerts and contests. It runs from May 19-June 16.

No 1: Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day festival that's held July 19-28. It celebrates the city's cowboy culture with the nation's largest outdoor rodeo.

Bryant admits to being a little jealous of the top ranking, "Sure, I'd love to be number one, but wow, it's hard to compete with Cheyenne, WY and its 115 year old rodeo. But we're working on it!"



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