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Funfest Weekend, Sept. 6-7, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Bronze Sponsors sFunfest Announces Bronze Sponsors.   Funfest officials announced their Bronze Sponsors for Funfest Weekend 2014. The local businesses are providing financial support for the festival, which attracts tens of thousands of people to Downtown Hazleton each September. Funfest is scheduled for September 6 and 7. Present for the announcement were: (seated l-r) Sam Lesante Jr., SSPTV; Katherine Arriaga and Jackie Buchman, Gottstein Corporation; and Renee Sosar, Funfest Committee. Standing: Michael Vazquez and Aida Velez, O’Malley & Langan P.C.; Jerry Petruzzi, Berger Family Dealerships; Terry Hartlage, Henkel Consumer Goods; and Bill Burke, McCann School of Business & Technology. Sponsors not represented for the photo were Fox 56, Panorama Magazine, and WAZL.
Parade Participants Sought. WYLN 35 will once again serve as the “official TV station” of the Funfest Parade September 7 in Downtown Hazleton. The local TV station has exclusive rights to broadcast the parade for this year. Participants are now being sought for the parade. Schools, fire companies, clubs and other organizations are welcome to sign up. Registrations can be found at or by calling 570-455-1509. Meeting to announce WYLN’s sponsorship are Tony Pacelli, Funfest Committee and WYLN employee, and Liz Tolan, WYLN Director of Sales and Marketing.

Flag Essay Contest to Commemorate Anthem Anniversary. PNC Bank and the Hazleton Lions Club are co-sponsoring an essay contest to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. The contest is open to students in 5th through 12th grades, and winners will receive cash prizes. The theme of the contest is “What does the American Flag mean to me.” For more information and contest rules, go to

Empanada Cook-off to be Featured at Funfest.   Funfest is teaming up with Cargill to hold its annual cook-off again, and this year’s contest is for the best empanadas. The meat filled pockets are a Latin American staple, and all restaurants, taverns, or home cooks are welcome to enter.   The winner gets bragging rights as the best in the area. For registration information, check our website or call 1-800-OKF-FEST.

Poets Tickets Now on Sale.   Funfest welcomes Northeast PA’s greatest oldies band, “The Poets,” for their annual kick-off concert, to be held Friday, September 5 at the J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center. Tickets are now available, and are only $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.   Get your tickets at the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce or at Metallo’s Formal Wear.   Advertising opportunities are also still available in the concert program and include concert tickets.   See the Funfest website for info.

Funfest on Facebook.   Check out the new Funfest Facebook page, designed by Junior Funfest Committee Member Vicky Sosar. Vicki has been working on that and a Twitter entry for the festival as a community service project for school. Search for Funfest Hazleton PA and LIKE US!

Funfest 2014 Theme:Funfest2014withsponsor
"Down the Yellow Brick Road."

Funfest joins the nation in celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of the world's most beloved films, with its 2014 theme, "Down the Yellow Brick Road." The MGM classic "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Hollywood on August 15, 1939, and the fun and adventure of the movie will be reflected in this year's Funfest, to take place September 6 and 7 in Downtown Hazleton.

The theme will also coincide with the completion of the Hazleton Area's own special thoroughfare, the Broad Street Corridor project, which is expected to be completed by September,.    This year's Funfest logo, once again created by Precision Design of Hazleton, reflects the theme through its own yellow brick road and silhouettes of the story's main characters. It also features the name and logo of Funfest's presenting sponsor, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.





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