Great Wellsville Balloon Rally launch
A successful launch at the 2019 Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. The 2020 and 2021 events have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Wellsville Daily Reporter
After a dismal year of cancellations and uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, many festivals and community events are returning to Somerset County and beyond.
The motorcycles, sidewalk chalk and parades are to hit the streets from Meyersdale to Johnstown soon as the weather warms up.
These are many of the events that are confirmed from now into late July.
Chalk the Block
Date: July 24 and July 25.
Where: Uptown Somerset.
Activities: Chalk drawings on the sidewalks amongst other activities for kids.
Thunder in the Valley
Date: June 24 through June 27.
Where: Downtown Johnstown.
About: The city becomes filled with vendors, motorcycles and live bands for this annual biker rally. A motorcycle parade is scheduled for noon on Saturday of the festival. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols in relation to the coronavirus pandemic are to be observed.
Meyersdale Alumni Banquet
Date: Memorial Day weekend.
Where: Meyersdale Area High School and community.
About: “School closures forced the cancellation of last year’s annual event and organizers are pleased to be able to bring this tradition back for MAHS graduates to enjoy,” said Angie Brant, one of the event organizers. “MASD is one of the few school districts who hold annual events for alumni. Though attendance will be restricted (because of) pandemic restrictions, MASD is excited to welcome guests from the classes marking milestone reunions.
“Unfortunately, we had to limit our reservations this year and cannot accept walk-ins on the night of the banquet, but we are pleased this annual event will continue following a year of uncertainty. This is a special tradition for Red Raiders alumni and we are confident next year will be better than ever.”
Berlin Block Party
Date: June 9 through June 12.
Where: Main Street, Berlin Borough.
Activities: This event is in support of the Berlin Fire Department. Food is available. Parade is scheduled for June 10.
Maple City Classic Tractor Roundup
Date: July 16 through July 18.
Where: Somerset County Fairgrounds.
Activities: Gates open at noon on the Friday of the event. The tractor pull is scheduled at 7 p.m. On Saturday gates open at 9 a.m., with a pedal pull at 1 p.m., a 4 p.m. tractor square dance and a 6 p.m. tractor pull. On Sunday at 9 a.m. a church service is scheduled, with a tractor pull to follow. At 1 p.m. the horse pulls are to occur. Vendors and bluegrass musicians are to attend throughout the weekend.
Chickentown Gas and Steam Festival
Date: May 29 and May 30.
Where: Chickentown Grove, 700 block of Chickentown Road between Pine Tree and Shady Hollow roads.
Activities: The event is to feature antiques, steam engines, old tractors and a picnic of chicken halves, burgers, fries, potato and macaroni salads, and baked goods. There is to be a grist mill, blacksmithing, straw baling, stagecoach and horse drawn wagon rides, an auction and music by local bands. There are to be demonstrations and a craft and flea market. Entertainment this year includes Mark Syster performing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and Tim Roberts and Stacey Meyers from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Little Miss Chickentown contest is to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. A tractor parade will be held at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday. A Kids’ Pedal Tractor Pull is set for 1 p.m. Saturday. A benefit auction is set for 4 p.m. Sunday. Wagon rides by Dean Brant from Willshire Farms near Rockwood will also be available, weather permitting.
Date: June 4 through June 6.
Where: Johnstown’s Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St.
Activities: Food and drinks are to be offered with PolkaFest pub beer and other products. Bands are to alternate throughout the day under the Polacek Pavilion. “PolkaFest’s cancellation was met with such great disappointment,” Visit Johnstown’s executive director, Lisa Rager said. “Although St. Mary’s is not able to serve as the host site this year, we decided to explore alternate dates and locations to see what was workable. Fortunately Peoples Natural Gas Park was available for two of the three original dates, and most of the bands were still available as well. PolkaFest has been the unofficial first festival of the summer, and we’re happy to be able to make it happen for the community this year.” CDC protocols are to be followed and are strongly encouraged for those who attend.
Date: June 5
Where: Heritage by the Hayloft
About: Six acts and eight performers are to raise money for the Bryan Lee Phillippi Jr. Foundation.
Relay for Life
Date: June 19.
Where: Uptown Somerset.
Activities: 5 until 11 p.m.
Summer Music Series at Laurel Arts
Where: Laurel Arts, Dressler Center, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.
Date: May 22.
Activities: The Irish Pretenders, Stairs Bolie Wagon food, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Date: June 12.
Activities: Randy Myers/The Laurel, Morguen Toole Co. food, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Date: June 20.
Activities: Somerset County Community Band, free ice cream sundaes.Those who attend are invited to bring snacks and beverages for a Father’s Day concert at 3 p.m.
Date: June 26.
Activities: Day by Day (and friends), Stairs Bolie Wagon food, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Date: July 3.
Activities: The Evergreens & Matt Otis and the Sound, original music, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Date: July 17.
Activities: Guest/JD & Cindy, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Date: July 31.
Activities: Red Law & Whitehorse, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Date: May 29.
Where: Trinity Park.
Activities: Yoga for moms (registration required), 10 a.m.
Date: June 4.
Where: Trinity Park.
Activities: Open mic at 6 p.m.
Date: June 5.
Activities: Baseball movie.
Where: Somerset Area Little League fields at sunset.
What is cancelled?
The following events were confirmed to be cancelled this year because of COVID-19 and other concerns:
- Addison Chainsaw Carving Festival.
- Windber Miners’ Memorial Day.
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