WELLSBORO - The 71st annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival begins Saturday and continues through Sunday, June 17, in Wellsboro.
Three local girls will be among dozens of high school students vying for the crown of Laurel Queen. They are:
- Rebecca Eaton, daughter of Rob and Michelle Eaton, representing Central Mountain High School, Mill Hall.
- Karlye Gentzyel, daughter of Pam and Carl Gentzyel, representing Bucktail Area High School, Renovo.
- Josephine Ely, daughter of James and Lisa Ely, representing Jersey Shore Area High School.
The queen candidates will gather at noon on Friday, June 15, on the steps of the Tioga County Courthouse for the official welcome. At 7:30 that evening, the young ladies participate in the Queen's Preview at the Deane Center for Performing Arts with Tioga County's own Sadie Green Sales Jug Band providing entertainment.
Queen candidates ride on professionally designed floats during the Laurel Festival Parade on Saturday afternoon; "Decades of Fun" is the theme for this year's parade. Saturday evening at 8 p.m. the candidates return to the Deane Center for the coronation.
The Laurel Festival begins this Saturday with Family Day/Children's Health Fair on The Green in downtown Wellsboro and continues throughout the week with a pet parade, music, a juried arts and crafts fair, the International Street of Food and a carnival.
The Laurel Festival parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, and features high school bands, bag pipers, firetrucks , horses, floats and more.
For information contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or www.wellsboropa.com.