WELLSBORO - It's time to join with the Wellsboro community in celebrating the annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. "Shoot for the stars!" is the theme for the 2009 event; festivities begin Saturday and run through June 21.
This year, Talena Truitt, of East Juniata High School, will represent her school and community as a candidate for Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival Queen. Truitt, daghter of Audie Truitt and Sharon Truitt, has participated in field hockey, softball, basketball and cheerleading. She was in the junior class play and the senior class musical. She served her class as an officer and was a member of Model U.N., Yearbook Committee, and Tobacco Busters. She has earned athletic awards and has been a community volunteer. Truitt plans to attend Mansfield University to play field hockey and major in psychology.
The queen candidates gather at noon on June 19, on the porch outside the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office, for the official welcome. The young ladies will participate in the Queen's Preview and Concert, set to start at 7:30 that evening at the high school and featuring the bluegrass-based talents of local favorite Grass Stained Genes.
Queen candidates ride on professionally designed floats during the Laurel Festival Parade on the afternoon of June 20; at 8 p.m. they return to the high school for the coronation.
The 68th Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival gets underway at 8 a.m. June 13, at Wellsboro Johnston Airport with the Wings, Wheels, Whatever race and continues throughout the week with other racing oppourtunites, music, juried arts and crafts fair, the international street of foods and a carnival.
The Laurel Festival Parade starts at 2 p.m. on June 20 and features high school bands, bagpipers, firetrucks, horses, floats and more.
The festival concludes the morning of June 21 with a Union Church service on The Green.
Contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926 or www.wellsboropa.com for more information.