Brookville Laurel Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – Downtown Brookville may look a little hectic today as the final preparations for the Brookville Laurel Festival are underway.

The Brookville Laurel Festival Board is advising that drivers exercise caution downtown today as the set-up of the food court and vendors has begun in preparation for the kick off of the big week on Saturday, beginning with the popular Art in the Park on Main Street.

Saturday’s activities include art and games from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “Dirty White Boys” will be playing a free show in Town Square immediately after Art in the Park, and the day will wrap up with a concert by Pork McElhinny at the Columbia Theater.

Family Faith Day in the Town Square will be held on Sunday, with four bands will provide free faith-based music at the Town Square beginning at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, starting with “The Worship Team” from the Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Next up, at 4:30 p.m., is “Reach the Masses.” “To The Throne” plays at 6:00 p.m. followed by the “Allan Scott Band” from 7-8:30 p.m.

Monday is Game Day, which will include Power Wheel races, a Dungeons and Dragons tournament, the Laurel 500 race for those under 12 years of age, and Human Hungry Hippos on Main Street. There will also be a bouncy house.

Family Fun Day is Tuesday, with activities that will range from barrel train rides, a pie eating contest, and a hot dog eating contest, to a twirlers workshop, the Rock and Roll Pet Store, a pet parade, and a bouncy house. There will even be two professional eaters doing an exhibition of their talents during the hot dog eating contest.

Wednesday is Heritage Day, with Historic Brookville Walking Tours available beginning at 1:00 p.m. “Victoria’s Closet,” one of this year’s new features, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will allow visitors to see volunteer models displaying dresses from Queen Victoria’s reign when Brookville was a new and growing borough. Tickets are available at the Opera House. Finally, the night will wrap up with music by the Moore Brothers band.

Thursday will celebrate Brookville’s own special men and women in uniform with Hometown Heroes Day. “The Belle Tones” will be performing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m in the Town Square.

Friday kicks off the popular Sidewalk Sale and Manufacturing Tours, with free parking available downtown. The Sidewalk Sales begin at 8:00 a.m. There will also be a quilt show at the social room of Brookville Fire Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as the d’Argy Family’s annual “Movie on Main Street,” which is free to the public and will begin at dusk. At the end of the night, “Stillwater Band” will be playing at the Town Square.

Saturday is the day of the Grand Parade and Fireworks, as well as EMS Day. Following the parade, “Billy and the Neptunes” will take the stage at the Town Square, and the Firemen’s Games will begin. Finally, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., “Against the Grain” will play before the blast off of the Grand Fireworks display at 10:00 p.m.

The big Autorama and Sporting Day is on Sunday. The Autorama will be held on Main Street from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. Sunday will also include a new weight-lifting tournament in front of the YMCA at 11:00 a.m. and a new Home Run Derby at 1:00 p.m. at McKinley Field. The Duck float begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Purple Heart Bridge and there will also be a corn hole tournament beginning at 12:00 p.m. at the Town Square.

Food vendors who will be in attendance for the festival include Ricco’s, Tradition’s, AA’s Lemonade, Brody’s BBQ, Wild Wendy’s Rootbeer, N&N Cinnamon Bun, Denny & Pearl’s, Bailey’s, Charlie Chen’s, Lil Doug’s Kettle Korn, and Moons Meats.

According to Laurel Festival Board vice president, Sarah Gallagher, the Laurel Festival board is very enthusiastic about this year’s event.

“There are so many great activities. We are really trying to bring more things to our town for the community and to get people out and enjoying the beauty of the town,” Gallagher told

Gallagher also noted that while the board has put in a lot of work preparing for this year’s festival, they aren’t the only ones working to make sure the events all run smoothly.

“We have some volunteers that have really helped make this incredible, too.”

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