[Photo Story] Summer fun continues at “Art In The Orchard” by Way Fruit Farm
Like what would have Arts Fest weekend begins, downtown State College doesn’t look like it normally is this time of year after COVID-19 forced the festivities to go virtual. While there is still a number of events happening this weekend, including live performances, the streets seem a bit bare.
Instead of an in-person arts festival downtown, Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda is branching out from its usual apple cider and pumpkins to host “Art in the Orchard.”
Co-owner Jason Coopey said the new event happened after local festivals failed due to the pandemic.
“These poor artists haven’t been able to make any money for a long time and considering how much that has changed since last year and this year, I just thought we could do it safely this year “, Coopey told the Center County Gazette. “And I thought artists could use the economic advantage of having something to do.”
The artist was not the only one to benefit from the event. Food trucks and vendors were also invited to participate.
Without events, festivals and carnivals, some of these businesses have struggled over the past year. Local dishes such as Snyder’s Concessions, Scott’s Roasting, Sunset Slushies and many more were present at Way Fruit Farm to keep people from going hungry.
Everyone knows that art and food are not the only aspects of Arts Fest. “Art in the Orchard” features local bands performing all weekend, including The Extra Miles, Queen Blue, Velveeta, and more.
When they said “Art in the Orchard” they really meant it. Tents were literally pitched in the fields between apple trees and corn. There isn’t much more to “central Pennsylvania” than that.
“Art in the Orchard” continues at Way Fruit Farm on Saturday July 10, 10 am to 7 pm. For the full lineup of events, artists, food vendors and shows, visit the festival site.
Ultimately, there’s no replacement for Arts Fest, but who says you need one? “Art in the Orchard” is another unique and awesome place to visit and explore the art in Center County. And although this is the first year of this event, I can’t imagine it will be the last. Enjoy the rest of your “Arts Fest Weekend” and continue to support local businesses.