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Annual Classic Car Cruise and Classic Rockers Concert - July
Annual Heritage Festival Parade - July 21, 2012
Baby Contest & Entry Form - 2012
Annual Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Run-Walk Event - July 21,
Annual Jackson Heritage Festival Basketball Camp - July 21,
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON THE FESTIVAL
1) This is the
festival's ninth year running. Has it been the success you thought
it would turn out to be in the township?
The festival has
turned out to be above and beyond our original expectations.
When I look back at the first year, we were really feeling our
way around of how to do things and get things done. We've never
done any event on that large a scale before. Over the past eight
years, the festival has grown and we attract more people every
year due to the high quality of entertainment, children's activities,
fireworks, crafts, and a great variety of food. Many people
look forward to the festival each year and invite friends and
family. Some even plan their vacations around the festival so,
with all this being said, I guess you could call it a great
2) What will be
returning to the festival from years past?
from years past include The Johnstown Classic Rockers,
a group made up of some of the best musicians to ever play in
Johnstown area bands; Tree, an Irish folk music group;
The Bayou Bandits from the Harrisburg area who play Cajun
/ Zydeco music; The Classic Clowns; The Fabulous Flashbacks,
who have a huge following throughout Central Pennsylvania; The
Masters, who perform Southern Gospel and are based out of
Jackson Township; Beaver Creek, a bluegrass group from
the Pittsburgh area who are real crowd pleasers; Clay Bowser,
who is widely popular and can sing and play just about anything,
and NOMaD (North of Mason and Dixon), country recording
artists from Pittsburgh, who will perform in concert from 6:30
to 9:30. NOMaD has charted several songs in the top 100 nationally
and in the top 10 in several European countries. They have opened
for a wide variety of country stars at their concerts in Western
Pennsylvania and beyond. NOMaD plays a variety of music from
top country hits to original music. They specialize in country
rock and are also highly entertaining. The crowd should really
enjoy them and their appeal extends to all ages. They've won
several national band competitions including a contest sponsored
by Kenny Chesney entitled "Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star." They
just released their second CD, called "Showtime."
We will once again
have a huge fireworks display on Saturday evening and there
will be bingo at the Senior Center and Fire Hall. There will
be a wide variety of crafts and food booths as well as other
vendors. The Cutest Bay Contest will be returning. This contest
is always popular with Festival goers, who are able to place
votes at 25 cents each for their choice of "cutest baby." To
enter the contest, you need to submit a 5 x 7" photo of
the baby you'd like to enter. Any child two and under can be
eligible to win one of three prizes, which are Savings Bonds
of $100, $75, and $50
Once again, the Tri-Area
Museum and Historical Society will have a large display of historical
items of local interest in the Senior Center Building.
Also, on Sunday morning,
Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church will hold its regular Sunday
morning church service on the Festival grounds. Of course, everyone
is welcome to attend!
Also returning will
be the ever-popular Car Cruise on Friday evening. A 5K Walk
/ Run Event will be held by the Central Cambria Education Foundation
on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. At noon on Saturday there will
be the Annual Aaron Rusin Poker Run and at 1 p.m. the Second
Annual Heritage Festival Parade will take place. The parade
will march down Rose Branch Street and Adams Avenue to Veterans
Park. Any groups interested in being in the parade should contact
Dave Hirko at (814) 749-0725.
3) Along with
returns to the festival, will there be anything new this year?
This year we have
quite a few new things going on. On Saturday, Andy The Firefly
from Northern Cambria will host a juggling, magic, and comedy
show from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Also new this year will be Unicycle
Sam from Portage, who will be strolling the festival grounds
and entertaining the crowd. Also new on Saturday morning, July
21, will be a free Youth Basketball Clinic at Mitchell
Park, sponsored by Coach Lance Loya of Mount Aloysius College.
4) For all the
young kids coming out, what will the festival have in store
for their entertainment?
There are many things
for children of all ages at the festival. Classic Clowns
will be appearing once again and making balloon animals and
doing face painting. Returning again is the Cambria County
Community Arts Center where children up to age 12 can make
a variety of crafts under professional guidance. There will
be hay rides, a miniature train display and some
of the vendor booths are geared for the interest of children.
Returning will be the Living Treasures Petting Zoo from
Greenville, PA. Living Treasures owns two animal parks in Greenville
and Donegal and they will bring in a variety of animals including
a llama, miniature pony, giant turtles, goats, sheep and ducks.
There is no charge for the petting zoo and children will be
able to purchase food from a vending machine for a quarter.
The Jackson Twp.
Vol. Fire Company will be hosting several events including a
Battle of the Barrel on Saturday at 3 p.m. and a Kids
Pedal Tractor Pull on Sunday at 3 p.m. Jerry Brown, the
Monkey Man from Lancaster, PA, will be returning and performing
shows and strolling the festival grounds all weekend long with
his cute little monkey, Django, who takes quarters, does tricks,
shakes hands, gives monkey kisses, poses for photos and plays
catch with kids and adults alike.
There are also lots
of new crafts and food at this year's festival. Also a Fire
House Bounce Tent will be on hand this year along with Hayrides
on Saturday and Sunday.
5) And how about
the teens? What will get them excited about coming out for the
I think teens will
enjoy the skill games sponsored by the Boy Scouts and others
and of course the hayrides and pretty much alot of the things
the adults, like such as listening to the music, eating lots
of great festival food and above all, just hanging out with
their friends. Of course the fireworks is a big hit of all ages.
6) Has there been
a certain part of the festival you have come to look forward
to the most over the years?
The part of the festival
I look forward to is seeing everyone having a great time and
socializing with their neighbors, friends, and family. It amazes
me to see how many people come to the festival and many from
great distances. Many people have told me that they see people
from the community at the festival they may not see the rest
of the year. The atmosphere is friendly and festive and there's
nothing better than seeing everyone having a great time.
7) How is the
festival made possible?
The festival primarily
relies on sponsors from the business community and local organizations.
Without them, we could not have all of the entertainment and
activities that we do. This year, we had three major sponsors,
which is fantastic for the festival. They include Waste Management,
Amfire Mining, Somerset Trust, and Direct Value Outlet. Other
large sponsors include Cambria Care Center, Froggy 95 & 96 Key,
Jackson Township Senior Center, Charles J. Merlo Inc, Dolanís
Welding & Steel, Mercikís Ideal Market, Neighbors Who Care,
Ameriserv, Askew-Houser Funeral Homes, Espe Chiropractic Health
Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers and Luther P. Miller
Inc. Others donating towards this event include Cooper Signs,
C & R Service Center, Construction Equipment Services, Dr. Donald
M. Leckey-Optometrist, Elias Chiropractic, Hagerich Auto Sales,
Janeís Signs & Designs, Martin Marine, Naugle Insurance Agency,
Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Wix Pix
Productions, and Damin Printing.
Without the sponsors'
generous support, the festival would not be the success that
it is. While most of the sponsors contribute financially, some
offer services. Martin Marine donates the use of utility vehicles,
Construction Equipment helps construct the entertainment stage,
Waste Management provides garbage containers and dumpsters,
the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company provides fire police,
and the list goes on and on. They all do their part to help
with the festival. If anyone wishes to be a sponsor, applications
can be found on our website at www.jacksontwppa.com/festival,
or they can call 749-0725. What is great about having sponsors
and support from the community is that we can offer all entertainment
for free. There is no charge for parking, and children's activities
are held to a minimal cost. Food vendors are priced very reasonablly
and many people have complimented the Heritage Festival on being
a place that is affordable to bring the entire family without
costing an arm and a leg.
We also are looking
for volunteers to help in a variety of areas. If anyone is interested
in being a volunteer, all they need to do is call 749-0725 or
322-3433 and we will put them to work.
8) If vendors
would like to get in touch about possibly coming out, how would
they go about that?
If someone is interested
in having a booth at the festival, they can contact the Jackson
Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 between 8 - 4. After
4, they can call 322-3433. Applications can also be printed
off the website at www.jacksontwppa.com/festival.
Cost for craft or other venders is $25 for the festival. Food
vendors are $35 and there is no additional charge for electricity.
We aim to have a large variety of vendors for the enjoyment
of those attending.
9) Is there anything
else you would like to comment on about the festival?
Just the fact that
this is our ninth year and that in itself is an accomplishment.
There are so many details that go into to making this event
happen and we will start immediately after this year's festival
on next year's. It's really a year-round project. We are always
looking to make it bigger and better and to give people what
they want. We are hoping and praying for good weather, but,
rain or shine, the festival will take place and we really can
accommodate people even if it rains. Our entertainment tents
have seating for over 600 and the Senior Center and other facilities
can also provide shelter out of the rain as well. I would encourage
everyone to come out for one of the best events of the summer
in the area. It's definitely a good time for all!
M. Hirko, Township Manager,
Jackson Township, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909
PHONE: (814) 749-0725 FAX: (814) 749-9390