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Pandemic Mandates Put The Hammer On Pa. Festivals, Squeeze On Local Communities


October 1, 2020

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An aerial view of the Fall Foliage Festival in Bedford. The Bedford festival would have celebrated its 56th year in 2020. The event has become not only a time-honored tradition but also an economic keystone for local businesses and non-profit organizations. Attendance during the two-weekend event comes in at more than 70,000 people. The event has been canceled for 2020 due to COVID-19 related concerns.

For many Pennsylvanians, fall is a season of senses.

The cool air on your face, the warmth of jeans and hoodies, the crisp crinkle of leaves beneath your feet. The timeless smells of tart apple cider, freshly baked pumpkin pies and salty-sweet kettle corn. Children's laughter bursts around us, and if you listen closely enough, you can hear echoes of small feet through straw fields and pumpkin patches.

Fall is a time of tradition and community, and for much of Pennsylvania's cities and towns, it is one of homecoming. Your community's fall festival is perhaps the perfect marriage of all you...

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