31st annual Historic Old Annville Day to celebrate town with 18th century roots

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On Saturday, June 8, Friends of Old Annville will host the 31st Annual Historic Old Annville Day.

The event, to be held on West Main Street in Annville, will run from 9:00am to 2:00pm and will feature over 150 vendors, as well as three stages for musical performances.

A number of interesting activities and events will be taking place throughout the day, including…

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Vendors and Food

According to the Friends of Old Annville website, this year’s event will feature demonstrations by artisans, activities for children, all types of interesting and delicious foods, and over 150 vendors displaying and selling arts, crafts, and much more.

Historic Sites

The event will be taking place in the middle of Annville’s Historic District; as such, many historic buildings and sites will be available for viewing. There will be a historic house tour of 333 West Main Street, a prime example of the many log houses built in Annville in the 1700’s.

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The tour will feature reenactors in the front of the house who will be demonstrating some of the processes involved in its construction, including an ironsmith. In addition, there will also be both guided and self-guided tours of the National Historic District available at the Friends of Old Annville information booth.

Another interesting location which will be featured during Historic Old Annville Day is the Annville Train Station. Located at 155 North Moyer Street, it will be the site of a model train display provided by a local model train group, which will be available for viewing from 9am to 1pm.

(Photo courtesy of Darrel Moyer)

The train station itself was first constructed in the 1890’s by the Reading Railroad to provide passenger rail service to Annville and operated from 1891 to 1969. In 1976, it was purchased and deconstructed by a private individual, who used it for model train exhibits on his property, before eventually being purchased by Friends of Old Annville in 1998 and moved to its current location.

(Photo courtesy of Darrel Moyer)

Musical Performances

There will be a variety of musical performances taking place throughout the day at three different locations — the Bandstand, the Batdorf Stage, and Fulton Bank Plaza.

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The Bandstand will feature the Washington Band at 9:15am and the Quittapahilla Highlanders at 10:00am. In addition, Mockingbird will be performing Pop, Rock, and original music at 10:30am, Life After Work will be performing Acoustic Rock at 11:30am, and Nearly York will feature Alternative, Pop, and original music at 12:15pm.

Meanwhile, the Batdorf Stage will feature four performances: Matt Miskie with Folk, Pop and originals at 10:00am, Jim Rule with children and family-oriented music at 11:00am, Carl Bright-Walck’s Violin with a Kick performance at 12:00pm, and The Neighborly with Americana, Pop, and originals at 1:00pm.

In addition to the two stages of performance groups, those interested are welcome to participate in the Acoustic Blues and Bluegrass jams at Fulton Bank Plaza, which will take place from 10:00 to 11:30am and 12:00 to 1:30pm, respectively.

There’s also a 5K run Saturday morning through Annville, a fundraiser for the Annville Free Library.

Find more information about Historic Old Annville Day at the Friends of Old Annville website.

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