Pleasant day warms Oak Street Festival
MOUNT CARMEL - For a few hours on Saturday, three blocks of Oak Street in Mount Carmel were a bazaar of crafts, food and entertainment when the Mount Carmel Lions hosted its 17th annual street festival.
Mount Carmel Lions treasurer and festival committee chairman Warren Altomare was pleased to see the turnout this year, from both the public and the vendors.
"We have had some rough weather during past festivals, but today, it's a warm day with a little wind, and the people are enjoying themselves," Altomare said.
"It's been a good sunny day, with good crowds," said Dave Nowroski, of Financial Services LLC, one of the vendors at the festival.
While many vendors took the opportunity to sell food or crafts to make some extra money, many of the vendors used Saturday's festival to raise money and awareness for their causes.
One such stand was an Odyssey of the Mind team from the Mount Carmel Area School District, trying to raise money for its trip to the World Finals in Iowa later this month.
"We competed in the driver's test category, in which we had to build a vehicle that performed three tasks but with no battery, gas or pedal power," student Ben McFadden said.
What they created was a vehicle powered by a rechargeable power drill and made from PVC pipe, cardboard and hula-hoops.
The team held a bakesale to help fund its trip.
In addition to the shopping, festivalgoers enjoyed lively music from such groups as Pet Rock and Billy Dee and Rosie, a dancing performance from the Motivation Station and a demonstration from the Susquehanna Trail Dog Training Club.
In addition to providing a fun-filled day for the community, Altomare said 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 on Wheels and programs at the Wightman's Dam Nature Preserve.