It’s a big weekend in Clinton and Central counties.
There are a myriad of events this weekend and it all starts tonight, with a pair of throwback parades. Here’s a preview of what’s to come as we close out September and usher in October:
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
There are two homecoming parades tonight.
In Lock Haven, a joint homecoming parade with Lock Haven University and the Keystone Central School District will begin at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is board games. There are about 30 entries with about 23 floats. The floats will be judged by Julie Brennan of Clinton County Tourism, Lock Haven City Manager Greg Wilson and Sheriff Kerry Stover. They will be judged from the patio of Lock Haven Elks. Albert Jones will be the master of ceremonies for the parade.
In addition to the floats, KCSD will highlight its two state champions – Dalton Perry and David Lindsay – as well as the Keystone Junior League team, which placed second in the United States.
The Keystone Central Foundation will be joining this year with their “Scrabble” float. There will be a combined group consisting of the LHU and CMHS groups, as well as the Bucktail High School Drumline.
There will also be a pep rally at Lock Haven University’s East Gym for middle and high school students and their families. The cheering rally will take place right after the parade. The dynamic rally is under the direction of Hayley Orndorf, who has provided music from DJ Kyle Turchetta and games for all.
The Bellefonte area secondary school will also hold their homecoming parade tonight. The return parade will begin at 6 p.m. It will start at Bellefonte Elementary School, run along Allegheny Street, go up Bishop Street and end in high school.
A total of 52 organizations will participate in the parade.
After the parade, there will be a pep rally in the stadium for all fall sports.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
On Friday, there will be a pair of high school football games. Shanon Manning’s winless Central Mountain (0-5) side will seek their first victory against Williamsport (1-4) at Malinak Stadium. The kick-off of the match is scheduled for 7 p.m.
In Bellefonte, the Red Raiders (1-4) will be aiming for their second straight win when they take on winless Hollidaysburg (0-5) at Rogers Stadium. The kick-off of the match is scheduled for 7 p.m.
If football isn’t your thing, Bellefonte hosts Fridays in the ‘Fonte. The event will feature free live music and activities for the whole family. Residents and visitors are invited downtown to celebrate Bellefonte’s shopping, dining, arts and craft beverages.
Live music and entertainment will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gramma Ben is this week’s performer.
Grab takeout from your favorite downtown restaurant. You can jumpstart your holiday shopping by visiting boutiques, galleries, beverage companies and more on Fridays. Many retailers offer discounts on Fridays in the ‘Fonte’ or organize their own special activities for the event.
Join Local Historia for a historic walking tour, head to the Heritage Center for more history, and see the latest installations at the Bellefonte Art Museum.
For more information on Friday in the ‘Fonte, visit www.downtownbellefonteinc.com.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
The first-ever Locktoberfest celebration will take place in downtown Lock Haven on Saturday. The inaugural event will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will be held at Sons and Daughters of Italy, 1 N. Henderson St. There will be music, food and games. Food will be provided by Schatzi’s Jumbo Brats.
SUNDAY OCT. 2
From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Bellefonte’s Talleyrand Park will host the Outdoor Adventure Expo, which showcases Bellefonte’s beautiful and easily accessible natural assets, while showcasing regional suppliers, non-profit organizations and businesses specializing in outdoor and leisure products.
The Expo will host adventure-based nonprofits, makers, and sellers. There will also be free workshops on topics such as historic walking tours, kayaking, fly fishing, milkweed seed balls, cooking demonstrations, croquet games, beekeeping, hiking, hammock camping and the basics of camping gear.
Last year, approximately 2,500 to 3,000 participants met with over 64 suppliers and attended 12 workshops.
If you’re not an outdoor enthusiast, stop by for live music, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. Artists include: Brass Rats, Gramma Ben and Natasha and the Spyboys.
There will also be a fantastic kayak raffle with a chance to win a pair of kayaks and gear worth over $1,800.
For more information, visit www.downtownbellefonteinc.com.