After canceling most of the activities scheduled for the 2020 Northern Appalachian Folk Festival due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers are planning a full return to the 500 block of Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana.
Plans are being made for a festival from September 9-11, with a children’s alley organized on Saturday September 11 by the Children’s Advisory Council and a story-and-lie contest.
As detailed on the naffinc.org website, the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival is dedicated to preserving the past, promoting the present, and securing the future of music, art, folk traditions, food, and culture. other related forms of cultural expression through education, presentation and participation. Festival organizers seek to contribute to the region’s “quality of life”, enrich the cultural environment, create jobs, boost the economy and strengthen relationships with local communities and the general public, according to website.
Organizers said Delaney Chevrolet remains a major sponsor of the festival, which will also feature craft vendors. Those interested in exhibiting their creations can contact Laura Jeffrey at (724) 762-6521.
As has been the case for the past several years, organizer Jim Dougherty said the festival will include another class of Walk of Fame, this time honoring all six posthumous members:
• Gifford Pinchot (1865-1946), first head of the United States Forest Service and 28th Governor of Pennsylvania, for his work on the environment.
• Dr. Jonas Salk (1914-1995), who developed one of the first successful polio vaccines at the University of Pittsburgh, for his achievements in public health.
• Carlton Haselrig (1966-2020), who won six NCAA titles in wrestling, three times in Division II, three times in Division I, while at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and was an offensive guard All -Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, as a sports star.
• John Brown (1800-1859), perhaps best known for his seizure of the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry (then Virginia, now West Virginia), but was also a conductor on the way Underground Railroad, for which Indiana County was a hub railroad station, as an example of someone who worked for human rights.
• Ken “Hiram” Holliday (1945-2019), who is remembered for a well-known love of music, dating back to his trumpet playing in the Indiana High School Marching Band.
• Paul Fuller, who as director of the United Mine Workers District 2 workers’ education program set up a series of “chautauquas” in the 1920s, with lectures and entertainment by local talent, to its contribution to education.
Those needing more information can contact organizer Tony DeLoreto at (724) 840-5661. Other members of the planning committee include Laura Jeffrey, Kathy Abbey-Baker, Cindy Rogers, Jim Resh, Jim Dougherty, Sherry Beatty and Judy Holliday.