|Funfest Weekend, Sept. 6-7, 2014|
FUNFEST IS ALMOST HERE!
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.
“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. CLICK HERE for a Printable copy of the schedule.
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 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. Or use this form to order them: CONCERT TICKETS Advertising opportunities are also still available in the concert program and include concert tickets. CONCERT PROGRAM AD
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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