BELLEFONTE — Audio, arts and crafts will return to the streets of downtown Bellefonte for the 40th annual Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Good on Aug. 4 and 5. The fair will be open to the community from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with on-stage leisure, artists, food suppliers and palms-on functions for children and adults.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary, past and existing associates of the reasonable committee shared highlights of the fair’s historical past, in addition some revolutionary additions to this year’s fair.

EARLY Heritage OF THE Good

“The authentic person that commenced the reasonable — it was held downtown — was Jerri Galadida Johnson,” explained Dona Goldman, 1 of the 1st co-directors of the Bellefonte Arts & Crafts Reasonable. “The objective was to carry people into our town to showcase Bellefonte and our historical past — our spectacular architecture. It began out very smaller. In the next yr, Jerri, who was my friend, asked me to co-chair with her. The longer the reasonable went on, the extra distributors we experienced. Ultimately we turned it into a juried demonstrate.”

 She said she obtained all her friends concerned, which include Toni Beigle, Dawn McKee and Nancy Dunn. “We started hanging banners on the street. Nancy Dunn was extremely resourceful. We received material and built strips. And I crawled up on a ladder on the light posts in Bellefonte and tied them all-around the light posts. Nancy would hold the ladder and I’d run up. Then I’d maintain the ladder and she’d operate up.”

She mentioned 16-12 months-outdated radio DJ, Tor Michaels, broadcast from the good all working day on WBLF. They experienced enjoyment from nearby bands, and fairgoers could take pleasure in food items from regional dining establishments and Snyders’ pork sandwiches.

She reported retired school lecturers Karen Baker and Susan Hardy Kline served as judges for the juried exhibit. Louise Mason organized the volunteers who would sit in the artists’ booths even though the artists took breaks. Gloria Horner, secretary of the Bellefonte Chamber of Commerce, helped them boost the good.

When Goldman was president of Historic Bellefonte Inc., the truthful became a subsidiary of HBI, to profit from HBI’s nonprofit tax status.

“It was these types of a local community factor. Everybody assisted. I’m just so pleased that this honest is continuing due to the fact it provides folks into Bellefonte. I’ve been all around the globe and there’s no put like Bellefonte. We have a great town and quite small criminal offense. I cannot believe of a much better put to reside.”

Toni Beigle joined the good committee in the third 12 months, soon after Johnson remaining the team. “I explained to Dona I’d be glad to help. Nancy Dunn was a huge contributor. It was not just the three of us. We asked many others to do things.

“We applied to have it the third weekend of August and now it’s the to start with weekend in August. We labored the whole yr on the function. I possibly did it 10 many years, at least. We received our kids and spouses involved, acquired all people involved with advertising and marketing, acquiring distributors, children’s functions, arranging set up and cleanup, a person to measure the areas the night time ahead of and range them, and do paper get the job done. Tom Wilson served us with amusement. We experienced a social at the Gamble Mill for artists and individuals working at the reasonable to get that camaraderie,” Beigle stated. “Dona truly was the driving force in obtaining individuals concerned. Her spouse owned the Countrywide Store, a outfits store in town.”

Modern Background

“The fair was held in Talleyrand Park from 2011 to 2017,” reported Steve Snook, who is co-director of the good committee with his spouse, Denise. “It was moved back to the streets of downtown Bellefonte to where by it originated for a few factors, to aid provide shoppers to our downtown enterprises, in addition we were restricted to the quantity of vendors we could put in the park and we required to increase. It was tough for some of the distributors to get their objects in the park since you couldn’t travel to all the booths. There were also issues with vendor parking and handicap accessibility to the two sides of the park. 

He explained, “I took over as director in 2017, and then in 2018 Denise and I grew to become co-directors. It is become a family members affair with our grownup children, Kaitlyn and Brandon, supporting to organize this function with us.”

The present reasonable committee has 17 members, according to the internet site


Denise Snook mentioned the Truthful will host 95 grownup artists plus two nonprofits from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina. The food suppliers are community. The musical lineup will incorporate a range of local favorites, together with The Gabe Stillman Band, an award-successful blues band out of Williamsport, sponsored by the Content Valley Adventure Bureau.

“We will have new awards this year,” she said, “one for each of the 12 art categories, which are Region Crafts, Fiber/Textile/Leather-based, Food items Artisans, Glass, Jewellery, Metallic, Portray, Photography/Electronic Art, Pottery/Clay/Ceramics, Cleaning soap, Wood, Standard/Blended Media. Awards will be announced Friday 5 p.m. at the phase on the diamond.

“We have extra an Artists in Motion area to the fair this calendar year along Allegheny Avenue in front of Artwork a la Carte,” she said. “You can see some of the remarkable artwork being made by some neighborhood artists and you can quit by Jabebo Studio’s booth and make some artwork.” 

She explained that arms-on crafts routines will be offered at the youth crafts tent on Howard Street each times from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and for kids at the Centre County Library on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bellefonte Arts Museum will deliver a self-led craft exercise both equally days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“The Logan Fire Organization will maintain an open property at their firehouse, located at 120 E. Howard St., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so carry the young ones to see the firetrucks,” she stated.


“Parking is minimal downtown so we strongly persuade people to park for no cost at the Bellefonte Higher College and take the totally free shuttle to the celebration,” she claimed. “Driver ideas are appreciated. The two shuttle quit spots are Bishop Avenue at Allegheny Avenue and Spring Road at Substantial Road.” 


Denise and Steve Snook expressed their many thanks to Sally Houser, president of Historic Bellefonte Inc., the honest committee and the volunteers for their help. “We couldn’t do it without them all these decades, and we take pleasure in them so much.”

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By Indana