The Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center (BCPAC) is set to host this year’s second annual Fall Music and Arts Festival on Saturday on Festival Way in Bradford.
The festival returns to Bradford town center after a successful run last year, with around 2,000 people in attendance throughout the day.
“This year’s festival promises to be even bigger and better, with attendees from across the country,” said BCPAC CEO Darren Litz. “We have something for everyone, from just about everywhere. We’re thrilled with this year’s lineup, and we’re full to the brim.
Litz reported that all vendor spots, as well as the entertainment program have been maximized this year, providing customers with a nice assortment of things to do while attending the festival. He also mentioned that the layout is a bit different, with the children’s area located on East Corydon Street opposite St. Bernard’s Church.
The day will begin at 10.30am with the Bradford Area High School Marching Owls playing the National Anthem for the Opening Ceremony celebration, followed by a preview at the stop of their 2022 field show.
Opening the continuous rotation of musicians playing a variety of music all day in UPMC’s music tent is country musician Brianna Blakenship, of Kane, at 11 a.m.; Texas Swing, Honky Tonk Western Range Music artist, from the State College area will perform at noon; Kevin Abbott and Grant Orris, from Bradford at 1:30 p.m.; The Gutter Saints, from Bradford at 3 p.m.; Classic beach party performers The Kokomo Time Band, from the Erie/Buffalo area at 4 p.m.; GPS, folk rock/indie style band, from South Carolina and New York at 5:30 p.m.; and headlining the festivities will be Jim Ronan and Dana Jared, from Bradford from 6.30pm to 8pm
Craft vendors also come from all over, including: Chainsaw Carving with Jimmy Keller, from South Dayton, NY; Watercolor drawings by Mel, of the Duke Center; Woodland Signatures Jewelry and Metalsmithing, of Olean, NY; Hydrographic art by Mark Pessia, of Bradford; Conklin Studio Pottery, of Lewis Run; Cummins Country Charm, from Bradford; Tiffysmitty Pottery, of Franklinville, NY; Bright Designs by B Macrame, of Campbell, NY; Brave New Uke, ukuleles, from Dundee, NY; Cheryl Raybuck Hook, of Kane; Misselaneous Paper Art, of Allegany, NY; Hilltop Design and Décor Florals, by Lewis Run; Ember Soul Art Paintings and Henna art, from Bradford; Middle of the Road Photography, by Kane; Creations of Misty, of Smethport; House of Mystical Mandala Art, Mount Jewett; Woven Wish Hand-sewn craftsmanship, from Bradford; Sublimation art AMB Designz, of Bradford; paper jewelery RKSK Designs, of Bradford; and Your Fired Pottery, Wheel Thrown demonstrations, from Ridgway.
This year’s street entertainment will once again include a large sidewalk chalk art display with a stained glass pre-grid on the promenade in front of St. Bernard’s Church. Children are encouraged to select a component and incorporate their own creativity into the project. Chalk and art supervision will be provided.
The rest of the street entertainment will include GPS – Acoustique at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Studio B Dance Academy’s Queen B’s at 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m.; Comedy Sandwich from the Bradford Little Theater at 1:30 p.m.; Storytelling with Miss Judy at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; The Allegheny Mountain Cloggers at 3:30 p.m.; Step Up Dance Academy at 4 p.m.; USOA Miss Pennsylvania, Gretchen Henneman at 4:45 p.m. All but Miss Judy will be held on the street next to the Italian Club. Miss Judy will appear in the library tent in the Kids Zone area.
The Kids Zone Art will feature fun creative art activities for children, including stained glass chalk art, bubble painting, hand art and sand art, as well as a new feature this year, Mr. Paul “The Awesome Artist” from upstate New York doing airbrush tattoos, and the return of infamous Fun That Pops balloon artist, George Sweat from the Finger Lakes.
What’s a festival without all kinds of delicious treats? From Bradford will be Pizza Napoli with their new wood-fired pizza; BK Donuts with their specialty treats; Bradford Lions Pride with burgers, hot dogs and cotton candy; Magic Bean Café with specialty coffees and paninis; and the Good Place Food Truck. The Hungry Burrow of Olean, NY and Mill Street Treats are also selling their signature popcorn, roasted peanuts and roast coffees from Troy, Pennsylvania at the festival.
Several organizations will also be represented at the festival, including the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College, Bradford Chamber of Commerce, First Night Bradford, Bradford Little Theatre, Seneca Law Enforcement Association with their K9 unit, BCPAC and The Hero 100.1 Broadcasting Live from noon to 2 p.m.
50/50 raffle tickets, Chainsaw Carving raffle tickets, Jim Ronan Guitar raffle tickets and Fall Festival t-shirts will be on sale throughout the day to help defray festival expenses. Cash and Paypal will be accepted.
The heart of the arts auction will be one of the main highlights of the festival with the grand auction starting at 5:30 p.m. The 28 works of art will be on display from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a preview at the St. Bernard auditorium. Interested bidders can pick up their auction pallet during this time.
Last year’s auction raised over $7,000 to support local artists, as well as to support the CAVCO Scholarship Fund. Auction booklets and information about the art and the artist will be available at the festival.
For more details and updates on the festival, be sure to visit the BPCAC website at www.bcpac.com or call the office at (814) 362-2522.
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