[Photo Story] Summer fun continues at “Art In The Orchard” by Way Fruit Farm

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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.”


Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

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.”


Sam Brungo | Advanced state

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.


Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

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.


Sam Brungo | Advanced state

People found shade under a tent in front of the stage. (Sam Brungo | Advanced State)

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

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.


Sam Brungo | Advanced state

Sam Brungo | Advanced state

“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.

Samuel is a junior specializing in film and video from State College, Pennsylvania. While primarily visual, he also writes quite a bit for Onward State and is the host, publisher, and executive producer of our podcast, Podward State. He loves music and art … also loves dogs. He also enjoys sports, supporting the Steelers, Penguins and Knicks.

If you want to contact Samuel, you can email him at [email protected] or connect with him via Twitter or Instagram at @SamuelBrungo



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