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Funfest travels to Oz

Funfest travels to Oz

The party that creates adult Funfest continued Sunday as a annual travel fair’s march began it’s tour from West Hazleton into downtown Hazleton and, of course, took detours to a Wonderful World of Oz — this year’s theme.

People lined a sidewalks, staking explain to their march seats by planting chairs during a quell as Funfest cabinet members ensured all went smooth.

A cabinet member in a golf transport proceeded easterly on Broad Street, warning those on a highway to get to a path forward of a parade.

“Move your feet behind a line. The parade’s on a way,” he steady to a throng as he motored on, to keep people safe.

Selena Hernandez and Rocky Fernandez had one of a best seats for a eventuality — a front of their home nearby Broad and Vine streets. Fernandez pronounced his family watched a march final year from a same mark and enjoyed it. Both had already been downtown to condescend Funfest vendors forward of a march Sunday where Fernandez found fitness personification games.

Not distant away, Patti Washko-Graaf, Mariah Graaf and youngsters Hannah Graaf and Aria Forte, all of Hazleton, camped out about a retard divided from Hernandez and Gomez.

Forte pronounced a march was always her favorite partial of Funfest, though she’s a small inequitable since her father, Hazleton Area High School Band executive Neil Forte, was walking in a march with his students.

Hannah Graaf concluded with her friend, Aria Forte, observant a march was her favorite partial too and, in fact, for many attending, a march has turn an annual tradition upheld down by generations of family. Washko-Graaf pronounced examination a march is also a tradition for her family.

Not prolonged after a women staid down in their seats for a parade, Aria speckled her father and a Hazleton Area Marching Band demonstration, finish with twirling flags and cheers.

Children’s faces beamed with fun as they watched a march and also as they spied toys rolling past them.

“Get your hats, toys, souvenirs here! Pick it out, collect it out!” yelled a travel businessman wheeling a transport of sell on a road.

Hazleton and West Hazleton military began a parade, pushing military cruisers in tandem east on Broad Street, followed by a Hazleton Liberty Band who supposing song during a affair.

This year’s theme, “Down a Yellow Brick Road,” distinguished a 75th anniversary of a film “The Wizard of Oz” and a execution of a Broad Street Corridor project, according to Funfest organizers. The thesis was clear via this year’s event, including a parade.

Musical groups played or sang songs from a low-pitched anticipation movie, and some even dressed a partial or flashy a float. The annual balloons that are rubbed by a march by sponsors also featured an Oz theme.

At a parade’s end, spectators didn’t rubbish most time, backing adult during food vendors, where they could sup on a accumulation of festival and racial dishes or during diversion or float sheet booths.

Some people could also be found sightseeing, articulate to friends and family, or perusing by Funfest’s qualification businessman stands.

Rain might have altered Saturday’s skeleton for a vehicle show, though on Sunday, vehicle enthusiasts placed their vehicles in park for spectators to demeanour during as partial of a annual vehicle show. Also deferred to behaving Sunday due to Saturday’s sleet was Keith London, an “American Idol” deteriorate 13 competitor who hails from Hazleton, and Naelee Rae, a thespian from a Philadelphia area.

Ahead of a parade, members of Penn Dixie Band achieved as they walked along Broad Street, interesting festival-goers with their sharp-witted music, as did other entertainers.

Funfest’s presenting unite was Mohegan Sun during Pocono Downs.

achristman@standardspeaker.com

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