The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 9, 2009

How fortunate for festivals | Labor Day happenings see record crowds

Wow. What a Labor Day weekend.

Music, locally made food, arts and crafts. Large crowds and family get-togethers. And weather conditions made to order.

If you had to leave our region this past weekend to find something interesting to do, you are not easily satisfied.

What some were calling record crowds gathered each day for the 39th Log House Arts Festival in Westmont, the Cambria City Ethnic Festival and the Forest Hills Labor Day Festival.

Throw in the kickoff of the high school and college football seasons, car shows, a smattering of community homecoming celebrations and the start of Cambria County Fair Week, and there was more than one person or family could possibly do.

If there were complaints, we didn’t hear them.

“We’re very well pleased: Excellent weather and a great turnout,” said fire Chief Paul Kundrod of the St Michael Fire Company, which this year took over sponsorship of the Forest Hills festival.

For Rose Mary Hagadus, executive director of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, the Log House festival was nearly perfect: “The weather is perfect, the crafters are perfect, the vendors are happy, the food is excellent and the volunteers are great.”

In Cambria City, Msgr. Raymond Balta, a festival organizer, estimated that the crowd was the largest that the festival has ever had.

Obviously, the good fortunes for all three festivals weren’t a matter of luck.

Months of planning came together and hundreds of volunteers were on hand to make sure there were few glitches.

Talk to friends and relatives living elsewhere and they’ll tell you how fortunate we are to have these types of events.

We hope everybody took in at least one of the offerings. And there are plenty more great events on tap over the next several weeks throughout our region. We at The Tribune-Democrat will do our best to keep you informed.

Somebody should nickname our region the Fall Festival Capital of Pennsylvania.

We love a festival!

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