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

Funfest Weekend 2014


Rain Related Changes




The rain held out for almost the whole day, but when it hit Downtown Hazleton, it REALLY hit!   But that only means Funfest Sunday will be BIGGER and BETTER than ever!  Check out our updates below.




End of Summer” Concert featuring Keith London and others


CONTINUES – Sunday 1:00 p.m. at the L.C.C.C. Stage near Broad & Church Sts. Severe thunderstorms interrupted our “End of Summer” Concert Saturday night, so Keith London and Naelee Rae have agreed to come back to continue the show Sunday afternoon before the Funfest Parade.   The Concert will continue from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, followed immediately by the Parade.




Just Us Polka Band


RESCHEDULED to 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and moved to the L.C.C.C. Stage.  




Funfest Car Show


As Previously Announced


POSTPONED until Sunday


Location changed to Hazleton Parking Authority Lot on Chestnut Street, between Wyoming and Pine Streets.


Schedule remains the same, EXCEPT, car show awards will be presented at 5:00 p.m. (after the Funfest Parade) at the LVHN Performance Area, Broad & Laurel Sts.


                        Schedule:     Registration 9 a.m. to 12 noon,


                                                Static Display: noon-4:30 p.m.


                                                PT Cruiser Giveaway & Trophy Presentation:   5:00 p.m.




Funfest Car Show 25th Anniversary Car Show Raffle


As Previously Announced


Drawing POSTPONED till 5:00 p.m. Sunday.     Tickets for the P.T. Cruiser will be sold throughout Sunday at Funfest. Drawing will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the LVHN Performance Area. Must be present to win.




All other activities will go on as scheduled at their original locations.   Watch the or find us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.






The Funfest Committee announced this week that retired President and CEO of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Donna Palermo has been selected as Grand Marshal for the Funfest Parade September 7.   Palermo will ride in a vehicle at the head of the Parade, which kicks off in West Hazleton at 2:30 on the 7th, and travels into Downtown Hazleton and the Funfest Area.   Donna is being recognized for her support of Funfest throughout her tenure as President of the Chamber, as well as her many accomplishments for the betterment of the community.

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PT Cruiser to be chanced off at Funfest.   Funfest unveiled the “tricked out” 2002 PT Cruiser that it will chance off at Funfest Weekend.  The raffle is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Car Show, and includes the newly tuned and painted car, as well as hundreds of dollars’ worth of prizes filling the back seat.  Car owners who pre-register for the Car Show September 6th will receive a free raffle ticket. Tickets can also be purchased right up until Funfest Weekend at various community events.  Shown unveiling the car are:  Paul Sateach, Paul Sateach Auto Center (car tune-up); Tony Tallarico, Kress Auto Wreckers (car donation); Steve Martonick, SJM Auto Sales & Repairs (car painting), Kris Touch A TruckPalushock, Funfest Car Show co-chair; and John Nonnemacher, car show co-chair and representing Snyder and Clemente, paint sponsors.

FUNFEST presents Special Concert. Hazleton Native and Top 75 American Idol XIII Contestant Keith London will headline an "End of Summer Concert" to take place as part of Funfest Saturday activities in Downtown Hazleton September 6th. The concert, which will also feature Philadelphia area country/pop singer Naelee Ray and regional band "North of 40," will kick off at the Luzerne County Community College Stage near Broad and Church Streets beginning at 5:30 Saturday night. Admission is free. There will, however, be opportunities for a meet-and-greet for a nominal fee.

“Touch-A-Truck” Event at Funfest.   The City of Hazleton will present a “Touch-A-Truck” Display Funfest Saturday, September 6 outside First Presbyterian Church at Broad and Church Streets in Downtown Hazleton as part of Funfest Weekend. The display will give kids the chance to climb on fire trucks, police cars, bucket trucks, street sweepers, busses, and more.   Displaying some of the equipment expected to be on hand at Funfest are: (left to right)  Mike Vislocky and Sal Scatton, Hazleton Department of Public Works; Donald Leshko, Hazleton Fire Chief; Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi; Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea; Kevin Ruby, Fire Department, and Andy Piskel, Funfest Committee.

Funfest Entertainment Schedule Released.  Funfest announced a long and varied list of performers who will provide entertainment at the festival September 6 and 7.    Luzerne County Community College will sponsor Stage 1 at the event, while Lackawanna College & Police Academy takes over sponsorship of Stage 2 for this year.  Lehigh Valley Health Network – Hazleton returns as sponsor of the Performance Area.  The music will include a special “End of Summer” concert headlined by American Idol contestant Keith London, as well as oldies, Latin, polka, and other music, and showcases from various local dance, music and karate studios.  

Decorate Your Own Cookie at Funfest.    Funfest will give kids of all ages the chance to decorate a cookie at this year’s event.  Giant Foods is sponsor for the “Decorate Your Own Yellow Brick Road Cookie” Contest, to be held Funfest Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Representatives of Giant’s bakery department will have brick-shaped cookies on hand, and contestants will use the supplied icing to decorate them in any way, preferably in line with the festival’s 2014 theme, “Down the Yellow Brick Road,” celebrating the 75th anniversary of the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”   The best decorated in both a children’s and adult category will be awarded. Pre-registrations will be taken, but contestants will also be accepted that day as long as supplies last.  


Poets Tickets Now on Salpoetse.   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. Or use this form to order them: pdf CONCERT TICKETS   Advertising opportunities are also still available in the concert program and include concert tickets. pdfCONCERT PROGRAM AD  


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"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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