Cookie Daze

08/13/2017

Website: Cookie Daze
Address: Main Street, Rimersburg, PA 16248
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In theory the annual Cookie Daze hosts a car cruise, thus the autos.  But really the car cruise hosts the cookies.  True there are cookies and plenty of them, but the real draw is horsepower.  A midway lined with cars dominates the festival while that most humble pastry is dutifully served alongside art and craft vendors.  The end result is an eclectic mix of home-domestication and masculine of machinery.  Surprisingly, the two get along splendidly.  Cookie Daze hits its niche and there it resides comfortably – cookies, cars, and all.  But still, Cookies and Cars you may ask?  Why not!

Interestingly enough, there are more motor related activities during cookie daze than there are cookies.  The offering of non-cookie and non-car related activities at Cookie Daze are limited still.  However, what the festival lacks in variety, it makes up two fold in heart.  A Friday evening parade through town is followed by the ever popular fireworks display.  Live bands play everyday and there are not one but two street dances hosted by local DJs, inspiring great fun and bolstering a good bit of community gaiety.  There is a cookie baking contest – naturally.  A 5K Race, 50/50 raffle, and the very unique mock Civil War funeral cap off the entertaining events. Near the midway, vendors line up to sell their crafts and art all through the weekend, and the festival hosts a group of concessions serving traditional favorites.

The machine takeover is due to the car cruise that runs in conjunction with the festival.  By all accounts, the cruise and Cookie Daze have become one and the same.  In the motor spirit, Saturday belongs to the kids and the machines they love.  Enter the Kid’s tractor pull, a big wheels race, and a cookie cart race.  But while Saturday may be fun for the kids, Sunday is when the adults bring out their toys.  During the entirety of the festival dozens upon dozens of cars are put on display along the midway.  A show of antiques, old muscle cars, new power sports cars, and tricked-out custom cars line up in proud display.  But on Sunday as the festival prepares to close, the cars file out of the midway in a triumphant parade.

Admission is free and parking is free.

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