Lock Haven hosted annual Kent’s Festival

LOCK HAVEN – The Lock Haven University Department of Special Education and the Council for Exceptional Children’s Club hosted the 12 annual Kent’s Fest at the East Campus Gymnasium in April.

Kent’s Fest is a musical talent show that celebrates the strengths of individuals with disabilities in Clinton, Centre and Lycoming Counties.

The festival is funded by the Clinton County Community Foundation and other organizational and individual contributions. Dr. Erica Moore, Dr. Jonathan Stout and Wendy Rogers helped facilitate the organization of the event.

The celebration is held in memory of LHU alumni Kent Glossner, who passed away in 2001. Kent’s mother, Sherry Glossner, served as a judge for the event for 10 years prior to her passing in 2012. Larry Glossner, Kent’s father, was in attendance at this year’s event.

Judges for the day were Kelly Bower and Kevin Glossner, as well as Lew and Myla Magent of Woolrich.

LHU’s Council for Exceptional Children also presented service recognition awards to Carol Liddick and Dr. Jane Penman for their tremendous accomplishments over the years and their continued dedication to supporting individuals with disabilities within the surrounding communities.

This year, 26 unique performances were created based around a Dr. Seuss theme. Performances included group, solo and family acts with more than 400 individuals involved. Attendance at the entire event reached more than 550 people. Each performance organized a creative act and judges made final decisions regarding award categories.

More than 60 LHU students volunteered their time the day of the event. The students helped create hand-painted posters to highlight the performances and spent time making decorations around the Dr. Seuss theme.

It was a spectacular event that was enjoyed by all who were in attendance. Stage helpers were Chris Platt and Justin Walker (previous performers in Kent’s Fest), who supported the transitions between performances.