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People's Choice Festival: After Two Decades, the Celebration Keeps on Rolling

by on July 12, 2012 6:00 AM

For 20 years, the People's Choice Festival in Boalsburg has put on display the best of Pennsylvania's artisans, food and entertainment.

Since its inception, the festival has grown from 62 artisans to more than 180 this year.

Hopeful artisans have to make it through an entire application process to land a spot at the People's Choice Festival, which begins Thursday.

In fact, there's a full application process.

Initial applications are due by Dec. 1 each year. Then, a panel of judges review the applications, photos submitted of the artisan's work and the written explanations of the art.

"It's a very long process getting the decisions made, there are so many in each category," said Diana Stapleford, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for the festival.

"There are so many talented artisans out there. We really try to refresh the show each year."

The People's Choice Festival even has a waiting list.

Visitors will be able to watch the artisans demonstrate their work through the weekend.

Stapleford said organizers "really brought some fun things to the table" to celebrate the 20th anniversary, including Pennsylvania-based, nationally-known act the Badlees, David Vetner and Country Tradition, Bill Haley's Comets and even an Elvis Impersonator, who has been popular among festival-goers in the past.

Inside the specialty food tent, Stapleford said there is so much food to sample, all fro within the state – including a winery that offers samples to those of age.

The People's Choice Festival starts at 10 a.m. Thursday and runs through 3:30 p.m. Sunday, all on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.

The complete lineup of entertainment, artisans, food and fun is below:

Thursday

  • Artists & Food Vendors, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Hands On Science Museum, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Center Court*, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Young Artisans & Face Painting, Center Court*, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Teddy Bear Hospital, Center Court* - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Lockport Drifters, North Stage, 11:30 a.m.
  • The Jay Vonada Trio, South Stage, 11:30 a.m.
  • "Rock School" Guitarman Studios, North Stage, 1 p.m.
  • Rampart Street Ramblers, South Stage, 1 p.m.
  • State College Senior Citizens Band, North Stage, 2:30 p.m.
  • Jay Smar Coal 'n Folk Music, South Stage, 2:30 p.m.
  • Cliff Turner Band R&B Soul Review, North Stage, 4 p.m.
  • The Badlees, Set One, South Stage, 5 p.m. (Intermission, 6–7 p.m.)
  • Chiz Rider, North Stage, 6 p.m.
  • The Badlees, Set Two, South Stage, 7 p.m.

Friday

  • Artists & Food Vendors, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • The Tumblebus in the Centre Court, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Hands On Science Museum, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Center Court*, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Young Artisans & Face Painting, Center Court*, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Heritage Brass, North Stage, 11:30 a.m.
  • Black Coffee, South Stage, 11:30 a.m.
  • Summer Rock Camp with Matt Price & Jeff Gible, North Stage, 1 p.m.
  • JR & Sharon Band, South Stage, 1 p.m.
  • Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus, North Stage, 2:30 p.m.
  • Puffer Fish, 2:30 p.m.
  • Tussey Mt. Moonshiners, North Stage, 4 p.m.
  • David Zentner & Country Tradition, Set One, South Stage, 5 p.m. (Intermission 6–7 p.m.)
  • Your Dad's Friends, North Stage, 6 p.m.
  • David Zentner & Country Tradition, Set Two, South Stage, 7 p.m.

Saturday (Character Day for the Kids)

  • Artists & Food Vendors, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Hands On Science Museum, Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, Center Court*, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Young Artisans & Face Painting, Center Court*, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Nittany Greyhound Adoptions, Center Court, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Brio Dance Company, South Stage, 11 a.m.
  • Noon Voxology – North Stage
  • Andy Angel Quartet, South Stage, 12:30 p.m.
  • Black Cat Belly Dance & Friends, North Stage, 1:30 p.m.
  • Deacons of Dixieland, South Stage, 2 p.m.
  • Pittsburgh Pierogie, character appearance, Center Court*, 2:30 p.m.
  • Dan & Galla Musical Show, North Stage, 3 p.m.
  • Singer Songwriter K.J. – a song for all ages, 3:30 p.m.
  • Pure Cane Sugar, North Stage, 4:30 p.m.
  • Bill Haley's Comets & The Comet's Rock 'n Roll Show, Set One, South Stage, 6 p.m.

(Intermission 6:45–7:15 p.m.)

  • Centre County Outstanding Young Woman Scholarship Program, North Stage, 6:45 p.m.
  • Bill Haley's Comets & The Comet's Rock 'n Roll Show, Set Two, South Stage, 7:15 p.m.

Sunday

  • St. Johns Church of Christ & Zion Lutheran Church services, North Stage, 10:30 a.m.
  • Artists & Food Vendors, Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Hands On Science Museum & Face Painting, Center Court*, Noon – 5 p.m.
  • Tree, The Band, North Stage, Noon.
  • Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines, South Stage, 11:30 a.m.
  • State High Thespians Story Theatre, Youth Tent, Center Court*, 1 p.m. 
  • Elvis Impersonator, Brad Crum, Set one, South Stage, 1:30 p.m.

(intermission 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.)

  • Keystone Society of Swing, North Stage, 2:30 p.m.
  • Elvis Impersonator, Brad Crum, Set two, South Stage, 3:30 p.m.

For even more, check out peopleschoicefestival.com. See you there!



Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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