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Fall Festival set for Oct 1; Free Clarks concert; 'Alumni Central' TV football

9/21/2011 —


11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1

The Clarks, 4:00-7:00 p.m.,
Main Stage, Athletics Center Parking Lot

"Alumni Central" Tent, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
TV Football Game: Penn State-Indiana, Noon
Lawn, Engineering Building

The third annual Fall Festival at Penn State New Kensington, set for Saturday, Oct.1, features a variety of activities throughout the day for people of all ages.

The festival is a community-wide event that is geared to local residents as well as campus students and alumni. Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 72 acres and run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The highlight of the festival is a free outdoor concert from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. by The Clarks. The legendary Pittsburgh band will take the stage at 5 p.m. Special guest band Bishop Clay, an alternative rock band from Pittsburgh, will open the show at 4 p.m.

A special dedication of the new campus fountain that honors the legacy of  Dr. Larry Pollock, who served the campus for 35 years as chancellor and director of student affairs, is set for 10 a.m. The three-tier fountain is located at the front entrance to the campus. For more information, contact Donna Speer at 724-334-6057 or dms46@psu.edu via email.

Festival activities include a car cruise, food vendors, craft show, bed races, alumni tent and a Kids Zone. All events are free.

The car cruise kicks off the eight-hour festival at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the campus. Owners of the American classics will show off their prized possessions and give casual observers, as well as fellow enthusiasts, first-hand, under-the-hood tours. Commemorative dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 35 participants.  In addition, there be people’s choice voting and prizes. For more information, contact Bonnie Godfrey at 724-334-6025 or bjg24@psu.edu via email.

Twelve craft booths and five food vendors will outline the perimeter of the Athletics Center parking lot beginning at 11 a.m. Crafters include purveyors of jewelry, popcorn shirts, kitchen tools, Steelers gear, bikes, wooden furniture, glass pendants, information on a credit union account, Penn State slider football games, and Penn State merchandise. The food booths feature peanuts and cotton candy, haluski, hot sausage and funnel cakes, ice cream, and beef brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. For more information, contact Sharon Levett at 724-334-6012 or sql1@psu.edu via email.

Children can keep busy at the Kids' Zone that runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Athletics Center. Activities include an inflatable jungle bounce house, balloon artist, circus train, face painting and crafts. The featured attraction is a special exhibit by Tom Kessenich called "Snakes Alive," an interactive live reptile and amphibian show. For more information, contact Lauren Blum, 724-334-6063 or ldb14@psu.edu via email.

The third annual Bed Race is set for noon on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the lower parking lot adjacent to the Athletics Center. Believed to be the first of its kind at a Penn State campus, the competition features five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who navigate a rolling bed over a measured course while performing tasks at various stations along the way. A series of timed heats culminates with the championship run at 3 p.m. In addition, judges will award prizes in various categories including wackiest design and best theme. For more information, contact Danielle DeStefano at 724-334-6019 or dnd125@psu.edu via email.

The "Alumni Central" tent opens at 11:30 a.m. with a campus social on the lawn in front of the Engineering Building. The highlight will be the Penn State vs. Indiana football game at noon on a big screen TV. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6046 or uxw1@psu.edu via email.

For more about the fall festival and a detailed schedule of events, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/fallfestival online.

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