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Laurel Festival to crown queen Saturday night in Wellsboro

PHOTOS PROVIDED Teens from more than 20 high schools across the region will compete for the Laurel Queen crown.

Every year in mid-June the community of Wellsboro celebrates the blooming of Pennsylvania’s state flower with the annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. The week-long event includes a juried arts and crafts fair, concerts, the traditional two-hour Laurel Festival Parade and queens pageant, in which teenagers from more than 20 high schools throughout the region will compete to be the 2021 Laurel Queen.

Allison Diehl, representing Millville High School, is the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen and will return to Wellsboro to reign over the festival and crown the 2021 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen.

“This is always a great week packed full of fun for the entire family — you are sure to find something for everyone’s taste,” The Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce said on its website.

The festival was first held in 1938, and was the brainchild of a local businessman, Larry Woodin, who was hoping to boost the economy by promoting the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, according to the chamber’s website.

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