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Clear Weather Arrives for Summer's Best Music Fest

by on June 28, 2014 7:33 AM

The hazy, sunny warmth of a late June weekend is rolling into State College, just in time for the annual Summer’s Best Music Fest.

The festival’s chairperson, Shannon Bishop, says that planning for the event goes on practically year-round, and she’s been hoping the weather cooperates for Saturday’s daylong celebration.

Accuweather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines says both days will be sunny with high temperatures of about 80 degrees. Though there is a chance of rain Sunday evening, the Summer’s Best Music Fest should be rain-free.

That's good news for the bands and businesses that will be taking part in the event throughout the day Saturday. A selection of over 25 local and regional bands will preform across four stages staggered throughout downtown. In order to cater to the estimated six to eight thousand people expected to attend, many local businesses and restaurants will set up shop on the sidewalks.

Bishop says the festival has two new additions this year: a Big Break stage on Calder Way for “up and coming” local artists, and a headlining performance from nationally recognized county music talent Jason Michael Carroll.

George Arnold, executive director of the State College Downtown Improvement District, says that Carroll – the only non-local artist to perform – was added to the festival to draw more families to the downtown and help the local economy.

“We really just want to give people a fun time in our downtown,” Arnold says. “Having a place to make some memories with families and friends creates an environment that people want to keep coming back to.”

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Michael Martin Garrett is a general assignment reporter for StateCollege.com, a graduate of Penn State and a published poet. He's also a musician who plays bass in an indie rock band.
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