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PotatoFest celebrates its 31st year

The 31st annual PotatoFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 in downtown Ebensburg. Nearly 200 arts, crafts and food vendors will line High, Center, Julian and Sample streets, as well as the Prave parking lot, Veteran’s Memorial Park and Penn Eben Park. There will be unique potato foods and live entertainment all day.

Dauntless Fire Station will also host its 15th Annual Wine Extravaganza at the station. Admission is $10 and includes a glass of wine and wine tasting.

New this year, Penelec line workers will demonstrate how to stay safe around electrical equipment using the company’s mobile electrical safety exhibit behind Dauntless Fire Hall. The CCCRA will be hosting a Couch Potato 0.0k at the YPCC trailhead, and the Officer Krupa Memorial Fund is hosting a Corn Hole Tournament in the YPCC.

Returning this year, there will be a designated area for children called “Adventures in Spudland”, hosted by Hogue’s Fun Factory. It will include a 38-foot obstacle course and a bounce house, as well as crafts such as spin art, wax hands and glitter tattoos. The Kid’s Potato Patch and Mini Golf will also take place again inside the Ebensburg Presbyterian Church.

There is no charge to attend Potato-Fest and free shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Admiral Peary Vo-Tech and Central Cambria School, Penn Highlands Community College, Lake Rowena and the American Legion County Fairgrounds.

Ebensburg businesses will participate with more vendors, culinary specialties, art workshops and more.

For more information, call the Ebensburg Borough Office at 814-472-8780.

Choir meeting for practice

The Allegheny Chorale will meet for practice at 7 p.m. today, Tuesday, September 20, at Tyrone Alliance Church. The last week for new members to join is September 27th.

Members also sell raffle tickets for the simple and tasty basket raffle. Tickets are $2. The draw of the two winners will take place on October 11.


Drag show auditions accepted

Auditions for October 22 “New Broadway Divine 3 Drag Show” are expected on Sunday, September 25. The theme of the event is “The Supers – Heroes and Villains.”

Past headliners do not need to audition but must register to be added to the headliner roster.

Artists selected as headliners will receive a cash allowance in addition to any tips collected. Headliners will be required to attend at least one rehearsal and one mandatory dress rehearsal on Friday, October 21, prior to the show.

Rehearsal dates and times are flexible.

Stand up, dance routines, lip-syncing, as well as specialty talent are welcome to audition. Artists who were not chosen to headline are invited to attend and perform during the open stage segment and may retain their gratuities.

To schedule an audition date/time, contact the Bedford Arts Cooperative at 814-310-1987.

Video recordings of an audition can be emailed to [email protected]

“The Supers” the show will take place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 22.

The Bedford Arts Cooperative is located at 110 W. Pitt St., Suite 2, in downtown Bedford.

The health and wellbeing council will meet on September 23

The Blair County Health and Wellness Board will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, September 23 at The Arc of Blair County and via Zoom.

Cindy James, Program Specialist with the Blair County Department of Social Services, will speak about the Blair County Suicide Prevention Task Force and its related activities.

The council educates and informs the public about health and social care needs, services and resources. The public is invited to attend the meeting. For more information, visit

Cloggers are having a tryout party

The Horseshoe Cloggers will host a tryout party from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, September 26. Training will take place at the Newry Lions Club.

This is a high energy, cheering and toe tapping dance group with members dancing to many different genres of music.

Originating in Appalachia in the Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina region, clogging has evolved into a modern dance style. It connects tap dancing, African dance and Native American dance. The dancers use a special shoe, which looks like a tap shoe, except that it has double taps on the toes and the heel. There is a flat tap against the bottom of the shoe and another tap on top that moves back and forth and produces an additional jingle-like sound.

Cloggers meet on Mondays at the Newry Lions Club, where classes are offered for beginners to more advanced. The beginner class lasts about 30 minutes and as participants learn more steps the class gets a bit longer.

The second hour is reserved for dancers who have more experience.

A 10-week beginner session will begin October 3 and run through December 5. The cost is $60, shoes not included.

The Horseshoe Cloggers have dancers ranging in age from 13 to 75 and hail from Bedford, Altoona, Ebensburg and State College. No dance experience is required to join the group. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page: The Horseshoe Cloggers.

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