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State College Residents Have a Blast at Summer’s Best Music Fest

by on June 22, 2013 6:54 PM

Downtown State College was buzzing with activity Saturday afternoon for the 7th annual Summer’s Best Music Festival.

George Arnold, a longtime State College resident and executive director of the Downtown State College Improvement District says the all-day event attracts over 2000 people.

Arnold and his team began planning the festival in January. Today, he rides around on a bicycle making sure everything is running smoothly.

“It’s just a great day downtown,” says Arnold. “The weather’s beautiful out, and there’s something for everyone.”

The festival began at 10 a.m. and features 15 different bands throughout the day. Stages are set up on Heister Street, Calder Way, and Allen Street.

The Allen Street location is easiest the busiest with several local businesses participating in a sidewalk sale.

Patrick Miller found a throwback San Diego Padres baseball hat for only $3 from Rapid Transit.

“I’m not even a Padres fan,” Miller says while laughing. “But the color scheme and the offer was too good to pass up.”

Other things for sale included shoes, jewelry, and plenty of clothing including Penn State memorabilia.

“I found a lot of old clothes from bowl games and championships which was cool, so I bought some lounge gear,” said recent Penn State graduate Christine Kantonides.

“The sale is a big part of it,’ says Arnold. “We really like to showcase the local businesses and let people see what they have to offer.”

“It’s great to see the community come together and really enjoy downtown,” says Mandy Velez. “There’s a lot to see like the talent of the bands and the different businesses.

“It’s just a great way to spend a Saturday,” says Cory Sprankle while browsing the sidewalk sale. “There’s a really great crowd here. Great environment.”

Arnold is in his second year overseeing the event and already implemented a few changes from last summer. New to the festival this year was a painting competition, swing dancers, and roller derby skaters.

Centre County PAWS also made an appearance in the early afternoon with several dogs walking around.

“Everyone knows it can be a little slow downtown in the summer,” says Arnold.

“This is just a great way to get people outside and enjoying themselves.

The Summer’s Best Music Festival continues until 9 p.m. Saturday night. Downhome rock band Pure Cane Sugar will take the Allen Street stage at 8 p.m. as the final musical performance.

More information can be found on the official website by clicking HERE.

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Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to
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