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Boalsburg lays claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day with observances dating back to 1864. At that time Emma Hunter, Sophie Keller, and Elizabeth Meyer paid tribute to loved ones lost in the Civil War by placing flowers on their graves. Now Boalsburg gets ready for its observance with several fun and reflective local memorial activities on Memorial Day and the days preceding the holiday.

A Day in Town Entertainment Schedule (for Monday, May 29th):

7:15 to 8:15 – Registration for Memorial Day Run, Blue Spring Park
8:30 – Memorial Day Run
9:00 to 3:00 – Children’s Carnival, Side Lawn, St. John’s Church
9:00 t0 4:00 – Boalsburg Garden Club Plant Sale
10:00 to 4:00 – Over 130 Vendors on Church & Main Streets 
10:00 to 4:00 – Boalsburg Fireman’s Carnival
10:30 to 4:30 – Memorial Day Stage Entertainment (on the Diamond)
10:30 to 11:30 – SCAHS Jazz Band
11:30 to 12:00 – Andy & Elisha, Magicians
12:00 to 1:00 – Little German Band
12:30 – Maypole Dance, Central PA Dance Workshop
1:00 to 1:30 – Take Note
1:30 to 2:30 – Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats
2:30 to 3:00 – Rama-Lama
3:00 to 4:00 – Urban Fusion
11:00 – Judging Begins Cramer Landscaping Pie Contest (Fruit Pies Only)
11:00 to 3:00 – Quilting Bees Quilt Show @ St. John’s Church Sanctuary
2:00 to 4:00 – Dan & Galla Musical Show @ the Heritage Museum
5:45 – Traditional Walk to the Cemetery from the Diamond
6:00 – Cemetery Service (Emceed by Jeff Brown)


Boal Mansion (Grounds Open 10- 4)
Civil War Re-Enactors, Including a Medical Surgeon
Battery B Cannon Firings
Food and Art, Craft Vendors & Historic Demos
Petting Zoo
19th Century Rides
Armory & Chapel Tours on the hour from 11AM to 4PM (Fee)
Medieval Knight Combat
Vintage Carriages & Bicycles
19th Century Ice Cream Making 
Live Music featuring the Coburn Brass Band, Chris Kent, JT Thompson and the Bellefonte Municipal Band

PA Military Museum
9:00 to 5:00 – AACA Car Show
10:00 to 5:00 – PA Military Museum Open

Boalsburg Heritage Museum, East Main Street
10:00 to 4:00 – Heritage Museum is Open for Tours
Soup and Bread Sale in the barn on the museum property

Blacksmith Shop, 224 E. Main Street
10:00 to 4:00 – Live Blacksmithing Demonstrations
Limited Supply of Bent Nail Tavern Puzzles Available by Donation

Nittany Theatre at the Barn, behind the Boal Mansion
10:00 to 2:00 – Tours of Nittany Theatre at the Barn


Artists ‘turn’ destruction into beauty Artists ‘turn’ destruction into beauty
47 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
BOALSBURG — You might say that the director of Boal Mansion, Robert Cameron, was blown away by the generosity of a local group — The Nittany Valley Woodturners. When a severe storm hit Centre County on May 1, the Boalsburg Mansion property suffered damage. Several trees fell, and it was [Read More]
Celebrations, Remembrance Part of Boalsburg Memorial Day Weekend Celebrations, Remembrance Part of Boalsburg Memorial Day Weekend
47 weeks ago - - Geoff Rushton
The village will once again commemorate Memorial Day and its heritage with fun events and times for remembrance. [Read More]
The Avid Gardner: Flowers play central role in Memorial Day The Avid Gardner: Flowers play central role in Memorial Day
47 weeks ago - Centre County Gazette
“We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies.”  -- Moina Michael There are few national holidays that evoke as reverent a response as our Memorial Day, for there are not many among us who are [Read More]


Boalsburg Fire Company Parade
With this being the 125th Anniversary of the Boalsburg Fire Company we would like to make this year's parade the biggest ever. We welcome walking groups or floats to join in the fun.
May 27th 2017 at 5:00 pm

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Boalsburg Memorial Day Run
​​Join us for the 36th Annual Boalsburg Memorial Day Run. The 3.8 mile course weaves through historic Boalsburg and welcomes both runners and walkers.
May 29th 2017 at 8:30 am

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Allegheny Mountain Region A.A.C.A Car Show
Regional Antique Automobile Club of America's annual summer season kickoff event featuring many pre-war through modern classics on display throughout the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum.
May 29th 2017 at 9:00 am

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Boalsburg Fire Company Carnival
Annual Memorial Day Weekend Carnival The Carnival will feature food at the Fire Company stands. BBQ Chicken, Hot Sausage Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, French Fries and more will be available.
May 25th to May 29th 2017 at 6:00 pm

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