Cogan House Festival nearing

TROUT RUN — The second annual Cogan House Township Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at the township complex, 4609 Route 184.

Admission and parking are free.

The festival features live music on both days; food and craft vendors; classic cars and antique tractors on display; and kids games and face painting.

“I think it will be a lot of fun … and exciting,” said Jerry DeMorat, chairwoman of the Cogan House Township Recreation Committee, which has partnered with the township supervisors to sponsor the festival.

Volleyball tournaments will be held for both youth and adults — children from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday and adults beginning at 12:30 p.m. that day.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, an Army-Navy agility competition will pit young soldiers against young sailors as they demonstrate how to use the exercise equipment that is set up along the park complex’s walking trail.

The new equipment is designed for use by anyone ages 13 and older, DeMorat said.

Corn hole contests also will be held.

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, the bluegrass band Hometown Boyz will perform.

The athletic events will continue on Sunday, after a community worship service from 10 to 11 a.m. Basketball and horseshoe contests are planned.

One80 will perform music from the 1980s from noon to 3 p.m.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and enjoy the performances.

On Saturday, the Cogan House Christian Church will hold its annual pig roast, which anyone can enjoy for a donation.

Sunday’s chicken barbeque meal will be sold for $8.

A scaled-down version of the TV reality show “American Ninja Warrior” will feature 5 through 10 year olds who want to give a special obstacle course a try.

A variety of kids games also will be available, and tickets cost 25 cents each.

The recreation committee will sell festival T-shirts at its information booth, and the state Fish and Boat Commission also will have a display. An area will be set aside for a baby-changing station and for nursing mothers.

Township historian and author Nancy Baumgartner has donated about 100 photographs left over from her historical book and from one authored by the late Milton Landis and Dr. Carl Taylor. The photos have been converted into a video tour of the township as it would have appeared about 100 years ago.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Second annual Cogan House Township Festival

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday, Aug. 26-27

WHERE: Cogan House Township Complex, 4609 Route 184, Trout Run

Admission: Parking and admission are free.

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