Honoring the 232nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, the annual Constitution Day Centre Celebration will offer entertainment, education, activities and more in a new location this year.
Previously held at Grange Park, the celebration will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg. Admission is free.
“We celebrate the U.S. Constitution as the most important document of our country and our democracy,” Constitution Day Centre president Keith Bierly said in a news release. “The event provides a fun setting for visitors to explore different topics and to engage in civil conversations with people of all viewpoints and all backgrounds."
From 1 to 3:30 p.m., the Constitution Village will have local exhibits on the preamble, articles and amendments as well as local history and family activities, including face painting, a balloon artist and a signed Constitution by local calligrapher, along with birthday cake. Rock band Cunningham & Associates, Pure Cane Sugar and Hops & Vines will perform throughout the afternoon. Food trucks will be on hand and Tussey Mountain will have a beer garden open for attendees 21 and older. Tussey's Fun Center also will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. for separate fees.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro will be the Keynote Speaker at 2:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the inaugural James Madison Award for civility in the community to The Tavern owner Pat Daugherty.
"Voting Matters" is one of the Constitution Village highlights, with exhibits by Centre County Elections & Voter Registration Office, League of Women Voters, Fair Districts – Centre County and displays on voting-related amendments.
“Visitors will have an opportunity to test the new voting machine, which will be used in Centre County’s November election," Bierly said. There is a shortage of poll workers, and local residents can volunteer to work at the voting polls at election times. We’ve invited prominent speakers to briefly speak on their views of the Constitution as well as local leaders to present quotes on the Constitution and democracy.”
Exhibits also include various Constitutional amendments, the U.S. Citizenship Test, U.S. Census, naval history and American Philatelic Society. Attorneys from the Centre County Bar Association and MidPenn Legal Services will answer questions related to the Fourth through Seventh Amendment regarding individual rights under the criminal justice system. Under the Prohibition Amendments banner, Green Bridge Society will provide education on the state medical marijuana application process.
“For the Preamble, we will host exhibitors on veterans, environment, science policy, gun safety, alcohol policies, community services, early American and local history,” said exhibits coordinator Mary Watson.
For more information visit www.constitutiondaycentre.org.