The countdown is on as Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival nears
The third annual Coal and Coke Heritage Music Festival is days away, slated for Sept. 11 at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus. This community event features a variety of musical, dance, and other activities scheduled to begin at noon. New to this year’s festival is a salute to miners, a 9/11 salute to first responders and a fireworks display to cap off the evening.
This multicultural and multigenerational event has something for people of all ages. Musical entertainers will include The Clarks, Joe Grushecky, Chris Higbee Project, Harold Betters, NewLanders, Augsburg German Band, Brass Knuckles Band, Jerry Onesi-Jack Nicolette Trio and more, giving festival goers the opportunity to enjoy jazz, rock, country, folk, and polka music among many other genres. In addition, there will be dance ensembles including Dance Works by Melanie and Houck Dance Studio, visual art displays in the Coal and Coke Heritage Center, arts and crafts vendors, and food vendors serving a variety of specialties. The Coal and Coke Heritage Center is a focal point of the day and is open for tours and exhibiting special displays of photography, artworks and handcrafts.
On display at the festival will be a State Mine Emergency Response Unit, a large, truck-size mobile unit that has communication equipment and rescue apparatus. Festival attendees will be able to go inside and look around in the unit. For youngsters, the Kiddie Koal Mine play area has always been an enormously popular favorite.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children age 4 and younger get in free. Miners, current and retired, who show proof of work also get in free.