Oak Street Festival set for Saturday in Mount Carmel
MOUNT CARMEL - Mount Carmel Lions will fill downtown Mount Carmel with crafts, music, games and food Saturday for the 17th annual Oak Street Festival.
This year's festival will feature more than 50 vendors along a two block stretch.
Warran Altomare, treasurer of the Mount Carmel Lions and chairman of the festival committee, said that while most vendors are returning from previous years, between five and eight newcomers increase the variety of items for sale.
"There's just a really good mix of vendors," he said.
The eclectic mix of booths extends to the food, which includes ice cream, cold drinks, pizza and pancakes.
Much of the entertainment will be the same as last year. The duo "Pet Rock" as well as oldies group "Billy Dee and Rosie" will both be returning. The Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club will be back with another demonstration, as will area youth dance group "Motivation Station."
The antique car show, a crowd favorite, will also return this year. The all-day event features a wide range of cars of varying ages.
This year's festival will be ending at 3 p.m., an hour earlier than past years. Altomare said the decision to cut back an hour reflected the habits of the crowd and vendors.
"Most of the time they were getting ready to go by that time anyway," said Altomare.
Last year's festival was dampened by rain. Though the forecast for Saturday predicts another stormy afternoon, Altomare is confident festival-goers should not be dissuaded from attending.
"We've certainly had some tough weather over the year but most of the vendors are covered," said Altomare.
In addition to fun-filled day for the community, Altomare says the festival contributes to Mount Carmel by donating proceeds to fund the Lions community projects. Funds will go toward many needs in the community, including Meals for Wheels and programs at the Wightman's Dam Nature Preserve.
The Oak Street Festival runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Mount Carmel.