Tamaqua Heritage Festival will be held Sunday


The Tamaqua Historical Society will present its 37th annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Tamaqua.

The festival is a celebration of history and culture as well as fall foliage and harvest time. It will be held rain or shine.

The event includes a large craft and street fair spread over several blocks where vendors sell handmade crafts, seasonal and holiday creations, works of art, street wares and more. Many local nonprofit organizations, school groups, churches, scouts, fire police and fire companies participate with information booths or fundraisers.

Ethnic, homemade and popular festival foods will be available along West Broad Street. There will also be desserts and beverages.

A limited supply of free flu vaccinations will be offered for anyone under 65 at St. Luke’s Tamaqua Primary Care Center on Railroad Street.

The Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 118 W. Broad St., will be closed for repairs but volunteers will have sale and display tables in front.

The 1848 Hegarty Blacksmith Shop, corner of Hegarty Avenue and Nescopeck Street, will be open with blacksmith Don Campbell offering tours.

The 1801 Moser Log Home on East Broad Street will reopen next year, but visitors may view it from outside. The society recently completed demolition of the blighted home in front of the the structure to provide better visibility.

The Tamaqua Heritage Players group, part of the Tamaqua Historical Society, will stroll through the festival area dressed in period clothing.

The Jukebox Cruisers Car Club will present a car show on South Railroad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to display their antique or classic street rod car, truck, or motorcycle. No pre-registration required.

The Tamaqua Victorian Hi-Wheeler bicyclists will likely ride their vintage 1890s Hi-wheel bicycles in period costumes.

Padora’s Italian Bakery will be open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Padora’s still uses a 100 year-old coal-fired brick oven to bake Italian bread.

A variety of music includes the WMGH Polka Program live broadcast with Polka Joe Manjack from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the museum, and DJ Shawn from 1 to 5 p.m. in front of the museum annex. An antique steam calliope will play music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Five Points intersection. The Faculty Brass Band will stroll through the area from noon to 3 p.m.

Leiby’s Carriage Service will offer horse-drawn trolley rides with its Belgian draft horses, a caricature artist will be on hand and an exhibit of the railroad photography of Oren B. Helbok will be featured at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Pine Street from noon to 3 p.m.

The Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club, corner of West Broad and Nescopeck streets, will be open for folks to see the large operating layout.

Children’s games, bounce house and amusements will be located on South Railroad Street.

For further information, or to register as a vendor, contact Dale at 610-597-6722 or dalefreud@gmail.com. Visit the society’s Facebook page for more information on all its projects and events.


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