Every Memorial Day weekend since 1993, the town of Blossburg commemorates their town’s rich history of mining with the Blossburg Coal Festival. And while coal is no longer mined in Blossburg all the major manufacturing that exists there today is directly descended from the nearly 150 years of mining that fueled the growth of the town and area. Held over a long weekend, this festival is a celebration of history and of the town today and is as diverse and rich as the town of Blossburg itself.
At Coal Festival, half of Island Park – site of the festival – is transformed into a mock- company store that mimics that which stood at Morris Run during the heyday of coal mining. This living history exhibit is very interactive and is a very enjoyable experience for anyone. A parade through downtown is a much anticipated and beloved town event. Many of the floats celebrate the diversity of people and the history of coal mining in the area and some are impressively crafted. Clowns, marching bands, dancers, local clubs, sports teams, and just regular folks march through the parade entertaining, performing and having a good time. For gear heads and recreational motorists, don’t miss the annual 2 & 4 Wheel Coal Run!
Accompanying Coal Festival is an arts and craft show with vendors from the area selling high-quality wares. There is also a raffle with cash prizes, proceeds of which benefit the festival. Entertainment is a premium as well and the schedule is loaded with music , especially on Saturday. Acoustic performers, live bands, and jazz quartets are a sampling of what to expect. There are also a lot of unexpected treats, such as magic shows, wood carvings, and even a black-light show. Vendors serve fresh foods all day long and on Saturday two local clubs host chicken barbeques in friendly competition for best chicken – which means the patrons are the real winner!
Price for an admission pin is very nominal and covers all four days. Parking is free.