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35th Annual Big Spring Festival Promises Smiles, Food, and Fun

Big spring

Talleyrand Park Bellefonte , PA 16823


By Serge Bielanko

Let's be honest: Talleyrand Park is ours, and so we're more than a little bit bias about just how perfect it is compared to any other parks anywhere. However, even if we manage to separate our hearts from our heads for a second, the fact still remains that Bellefonte's Talleyrand Park is world-class, and that we're lucky to have it.

Here's the not-so-secret secret behind my reasoning. Talleyrand Park sits where it sits because of a reason. And that reason (as you likely know) is all that cold, clear water. The Big Spring that feeds Spring Creek right there beneath our kids' feet as they chase ducks through the green grass, also happens to pump some of the cleanest, purest water in the world right through the middle of our lives. Think about that for a second. It's easy to overlook if you've lived around here a long time, but think about it. Bellefonte, Pennsylvania is home to some of the most magnificent water IN THE WORLD.

Don't take my word for it though. Just ask the 50 million trout who live between the park and Milesburg.

With all that in mind then, the Big Spring Festival- which celebrates it's 35th year in Talleyrand Park this Saturday, May 12th from 11am-4pm- might just be the most important day of the year here in town. Sure, there are bigger events that happen in these parts, yet it's very possible that no event is more worthy of the smiles and joy this one brings with it. After all, at its core, this annual shindig is as much about recognizing and cherishing our natural fortune as it is about having fun.

Or almost anyway.

Because, let's face it, it sure is a lot of fun too. This year's fest looks to be no different either. Historic Bellefonte Inc., the festival's primary sponsor, has arranged for a day that promises something for anyone of any age. Plus, this year's fest coincides with Mother's Day weekend, so there is the extra added bonus of being able to celebrate the magic of moms too.

Here are just a few of the cool activities HBI has slated: duck pond, face painting by Kaitlyn, Socker Soccer, Bellefonte Garden Club will have potted flowers to plant for Mothers, Historic Bellefonte Incorporated will sponsor fish stamp art, a Mother’s Day card booth, sidewalk chalk fun, and a Blue & White photo booth.

Then, when you and the kids are just about starving from all the happiness, you can take a time-out and have a fantastic lunch. Scott’s Roasting will be serving up their legendary pork and sausage. Snyder’s Concessions will be dishing out their beloved fries. BASD Key Club Lemonade stand and slushies from the Bellefonte Mart will be wetting whistles all day long. And new this year, the Knight’s of Columbus Fish Fry. You're going to need a nap after you sample all that food, huh?

Need to be entertained while you chow down? No problem. Bring your lawn chairs and check out both the Adams Schwartz Puppet Shows at 11:00am & Noon and the Dan & Galla Musical Show from 2:00pm to 4:000pm.

On top all of that (as if you needed MORE) Tussey Mountain Outfitters will once again have kayaking on Spring Creek. You know you've always wanted to try it. Here's your chance.

And get this! For the first time ever, the Historic Bellefonte Railroad Society will have speeder train rides! These are going to be super popular and rightfully so.

So call your friends and neighbors, grab your kids, and come be a part of this day, folks. Come stand by the magic water that helps separate us from nearly all the other towns any of us has ever known.





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