KNOXVILLE - The Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10 at the festival grounds just east of here along Route 49.
A $3 parking fee gets visitors free admission to the event.
Beginning at 10:15 a.m., a karate demonstration by students of Johnson's Karate, of Corning, N.Y., will be held.
At noon, ventriloquist Bruce Weaver will take the stage with his puppets, sponsored by Roosa's Laser Engraving.
There also will be three storytellers; a petting zoo with alpacas, mini goats, cats and dogs; and special games for kids, festival coordinator C.J. Houghtaling said.
"While some of the activities for the older crowd feature shooting guns, as in our cowboy shoot and sporting clays booths, and using crossbows at our 3-D archery section, the Boy Scouts wanted to give kids a shooting activity, as well, so they have set up some targets for slingshots," she added.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Cowanesque Valley Outdoors Festival
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10
WHERE: Festival grounds, just east of Knoxville, Tioga County, along
Alice Cady and Carol Kohler have organized a "Make It, Take It" crafts tent where kids can decorate cookies, make scrapbooks and create colorful works of art with sand.
For seniors and others who have difficulty walking on rough ground, transportation from the parking area to the Big Top tent area has been arranged courtesy of Rice's Fire Extinguishers who will provide a handicap accessible bus and make stops all along the way, as needed.
"We are looking for a golf cart or two to assist seniors and handicapped individuals on trips to all the different booths and events. Anyone who'd like to volunteer their recreational vehicle to help meet this need can call me at 570-376-2821," Houghtaling added.
Other special entertainment on the agenda for the day include Civil War re-enactors, an American Indian encampment, Penny Eckman performing as Patsy Cline, the band Country Fever and a Chinese auction featuring many very nice and useful items donated by area businesses.
Members of the Gold Prospectors of America and the Susquehanna Trail Club will be on hand to talk about their hobbies, naturalist Karen Cooke will speak on uses of plants found in the wild, Dave Darby provides insight on cemeteries in Tioga County, Sage Chapman discusses the power of gemstones, Alexxus Vargas demonstrates how to take great photos of the outdoors and Larry Kohler has ideas on planning for retirement.
Venders offering items from cosmetics and jewelry to chain saw art and stuffed wildlife will be on hand.
Antique and classic cars also are going to be on display and vintage vehicle owners are invited to bring theirs along for the show.
The Knoxville-Deerfield Volunteer Fire Department will have a chicken barbecue, the Parkhurst Presbyterian Women's Association is offering barbecued ribs and the Northern Tier Recreation Authority features fresh fruit shortcakes and apple dumplings.
Those interested in being a vendor at the festival can visit its website at CVOutdoorsfest.org, or for registration forms that can be printed out and mailed to Houghtaling at 980 Locey Creek Road, Middlebury Center, PA 16935 or faxed to 570-218-0323.
Booth space must be reserved, so it is important to register on-line, if you have not already done so. Contact Houghtaling at 570-376-2821 for more information.