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Flaming Foliage Festival returns

The Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival is set for its 72nd year this October.

“It’s a big homecoming, it really is,” said Queen’s Adviser Maria Ransom.

The festival will return to an expected 30,000 festival goers in Renovo on Oct. 8, 9 and 10. Returning are the traditions and fun that locals and festival-goers sorely missed in 2020, including the annual parade taking place this year on October 9 at 1:45 p.m.

While most facets of the festival will be back as normal, there have been some moderations to the festival schedule in the interest of keeping everyone safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The only real change to the public is that the coronation will now be held on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the high school,” Ransom said. “It used to be on Sunday, but this year, due to the COVID situation and everything, we have just planned for the queens to do a one-day event.”

This change to the schedule sees the queens’ arriving for registration on Saturday morning and the winner’s being crowned that night, as opposed to the usual three-day span of events.

Ransom also stressed that though the Queen’s event is only one day of the festival this year, the festival and craft show featuring more than 150 vendors is still maintaining its full three-day schedule.

“The craft show is still all three days. It’s just the queen’s contestants coming in for one day on Saturday.”

Ransom said that she is happy to just be able to have the festival taking place.

“Just having everything back… It’s a tradition in town, and so many people come home for it, and it’s a big homecoming along with a lot of new visitors,” Ransom said.

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