The Tamaqua Historical Society will present its 37th annual Tamaqua Heritage Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Tamaqua.
The festival is a celebration of history and culture as well as fall foliage and harvest. It will take place rain or shine.
The event includes a large craft and street fair spread over several city blocks where vendors sell handmade crafts, seasonal and party creations, artwork, street goods and more. . Many local non-profit organizations, school groups, churches, boy scouts, firefighters and fire companies participate with information booths or fundraisers.
Ethnic, home-cooked and popular fare will be available along West Broad Street. There will also be desserts and drinks.
A limited number of free flu shots will be offered to anyone under the age of 65 at the Tamaqua Primary Health Care Center in St. Luke on Railroad Street.
The Tamaqua Historical Society Museum, 118 W. Broad St., will be closed for repairs, but volunteers will have sales and display tables in front.
The 1848 Hegarty Blacksmith Shop, at the corner of Hegarty Avenue and Nescopeck Street, will be opened with blacksmith Don Campbell offering tours.
The 1801 Moser Log Home on East Broad Street will reopen next year, but visitors can see it from the outside. The company recently completed the demolition of the dilapidated house in front of the structure to provide better visibility.
Tamaqua Heritage Players, a member of the Tamaqua Historical Society, will walk around the festival area dressed in period clothing.
The Jukebox Cruisers Car Club will have a car display on South Railroad Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited to exhibit their antique or classic street car, truck or motorcycle. No pre-registration required.
Tamaqua Victorian Hi-Wheeler cyclists will likely ride their vintage 1890s Hi-wheel bikes in period costume.
The Italian bakery in Padora will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Padora’s still uses a 100 year old charcoal brick oven to bake Italian bread.
A variety of music includes the WMGH Polka program broadcast live with Polka Joe Manjack from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the museum and DJ Shawn from 1 to 5 p.m. in front of the museum annex. An ancient steam calliope will play music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the Five Points intersection. The Faculty Fanfare will roam the neighborhood from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Leiby’s Carriage Service will offer horse-drawn carriage rides with its Belgian draft horses, a cartoonist will be on site and an exhibition of Oren B. Helbok’s rail photography will be on display at the Tamaqua Community Art Center on Pine Street from noon to 3 p.m.
The Tamaqua Anthracite Model Railroad Club, at the corner of West Broad and Nescopeck streets, will be open to people to view the large operating system.
Children’s games, a bounce house and entertainment will be located on South Railroad Street.
For more information or to register as a seller, contact Dale at 610-597-6722 or [email protected] Visit the company’s Facebook page for more information on all of its projects and events.