Back on Track Schuylkill Haven Autonomous Region Day – Reading Eagle
After a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Schuylkill Haven Autonomous Region Day returns on September 25 and is better than ever.
A perfect fall day downtown drew a crowd eager to eat, drink and be in a good mood. Smiles and laughter from all over the hall showed the enthusiasm of the crowd.
About 200 vendors listed food, music, entertainment, and merchandise. As always, food was the main event for adults, and face painting and Lego were at the top of children’s favorites list.
“It’s going well,” said Rebekah Tolar, committee member. “We are lucky to have beautiful weather and people seem very happy to be outside with their friends. It looks like more people are coming together than last year.
“There are better quality items this year, many of which are made locally,” says Tolar. “And this year there are a lot of new stores in the Autonomous Region.”
Tolar also shouted at the many volunteers who helped make Borough Day a success.
“We call them VIPs,” she said.
Entertainment includes Belvedere Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps playing patriotic music in the parking lot in front of Brok-Sel, The Mommers All-Star String Band on East Main Street, and Schuylkill County’s own bagpipe and drum group, The Hawk Mountain Highlanders. to augment. Various local favorites such as Jay Smar, Hanna Violet Trio, and Michael James Duo have been enjoyed on almost every corner.
Splash clown, Pete Geist, visual comedian, magician Clive Allen and stilt walker John Hadfield marched down the street, smiling both adults and children alike.
“That’s good. I think it’s increasing every year,” Jim Fiddler said. “My favorite is food, and my second favorite is food. But he also sees people that you don’t see every day, and you see them here once a year. Praise the Lord in this place. “
The children gathered around Mark Petrich’s Lego exhibition, the festival’s favorite, which seems to grow from year to year. The kids also enjoyed a tightrope walk led by a give and take juggler and brought a little circus to town.
The sellers were happy with the high turnout. The store was packed with repeat customers and stalls, patiently waiting for the long lines to purchase merchandise.
“We brought in three times as many items as last time around and sold by 2pm,” says Becky Phillyaw of The Cake Pros.
The early Allentown Paula and Lydia Williams were divided into what they liked. My daughter Lydia loves to get on the train and her mom voted for the funnel cake.
“I loved the bubble tea and cake stands,” said Peyton Miller of Auburn.
Schuylkill Haven’s Emery McCluskey said she enjoys trying on dresses with a white pair.
Lori Michael on Main Street Moonshine was busy working at the bar and preparing the crowd. The restaurant offered new Moonshine specialties specially designed for Rose Day, such as Miners Mule (voiro ginger and lime beer) and pickle shots. When the festival ended at 4 p.m. he wasn’t ready to leave the party, so Michael planned a packed evening of food and entertainment.
“JT Thomas is playing tonight,” Michael said. “He can play anything from ZZ Top to Frank Sinatra.”
At the end of the day, I was happy that everyone involved in Day 33 of the Schuylkill Haven Autonomous Region was back on track.
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