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Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Annual Festival Celebrating
Mountain Laurel
The State Flower of Pennsylvania

About The Festival
Arts & Crafts
Laurel Queens


Pet Parade - This community pet parade brings out the some very interesting and entertaining animals and their owners.  They meet at Packer Park, the pets are judged in a variety of categories, then they march the parade route from the Packer Park to the Wellsboro Green where awards are presented.  This is a very popular event.

Laurel Festival Gospel Sing - This is a special time of inspirational music performed by local musicians and choral groups.

Laurel Concert Series - Held during the weeknights (Monday - Thursday) during Laurel Festival Week, the Laurel Concert Series features a variety of musical entertainers.

Laurel Festival Arts and Crafts Show / Street of Foods - Beginning Friday morning and continuing through Saturday night the Arts and Crafts vendors present their wares for sale on the Wellsboro Green.  The juried show features quality products.  The International Street of Food is on the back side of the green and presents a variety of culinary delights.

Queens Welcome - The Laurel Queen Candidates begin their weekend in Wellsboro on the steps of the Tioga County Courthouse.  The Candidates and their families are welcomed to the community by local representatives.

Laurel Queen's Preview / Concert - The Laurel Queen's Preview is the first opportunity for the public to be introduced to the candidates who are vying for the title of PA State Laurel Queen.  The girls introduce themselves, give a brief statement and then are seated front and center to enjoy a concert that, although open to the public, is prepared with them in mind.  For a look at past entertainment, please look at the Entertainment Page.

Laurel Festival 10K Race - The Annual 10K foot race and 2 mile fun run/walk begins at Packer Park and ends at the Wellsboro Green.  The course is challenging with rolling hills and both paved and dirt surfaces.  Runners enjoy the majestic scenery of PA Grand Canyon Country.

Laurel Festival Parade - The Annual Laurel Festival Parade is well known throughout the state for its wide variety of musical units including top notch high school bands, drum and bugle corps, string bands and others.  Area non-profit organizations and businesses community float entries compliment the professionally designed floats that transport the beautiful young ladies representing high schools from throughout the state in the Laurel Queen Pageant.  Antique/classic cars, state of the art fire engines, line dancers, motorcycles, horses, clowns and much more will add to the festivity of the traditional 2 hour parade.

Laurel Queen's Coronation - The final phase of the Laurel Queen pageant takes place on Saturday evening with the selection of the top 10 candidates.  Each candidate is given a question to answer giving the judges a final look before retiring to choose the Laurel Queen.  During the intermission, the judges deliberate.  The Queens court is then announced and finally the Laurel Queen is proclaimed and crowned by State Senator Joseph Scarnati and the reigning Laurel Queen.

Union Church Service - The Wellsboro Ministerium hosts this multi-denominational service held on the Wellsboro Green.


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