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First-ever Lackawanna County Heritage Fair takes over Montage Mountain in Scranton May 29-June 2

First-ever Lackawanna County Heritage Fair takes over Montage Mountain in Scranton May 29-June 2
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From a press release:

After several years of talks, meetings, and planning, the inaugural Lackawanna County Heritage Fair will finally be held on Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2 at Montage Mountain Resorts in Scranton.

This celebration of the food, culture, and history of the Scranton area will bring families, friends, and cultures together in one place to enjoy live music, rides, shows, fireworks, and the water park. Gates will open every day at noon.

The new county fair will have two stages. The upper stage will host the main entertainment, while the lower stage will have heritage programs to educate the public on the region’s rich history. A beard and mustache competition and a Got Ink tattoo contest will be held on Saturday, and a home brew beer competition will be held on Sunday.

“When I think of [the] fair, I think of quality of life [in] Lackawanna County. I think about children having a great time. I think about this being the start of the summer season at, I think, one of the best spots you could possibly have,” Lackawanna County Commissioner Patrick O’Malley said at a press conference last year.

Discount tickets are on sale now for $8 on and for a limited time. Tickets at the gate (1000 Montage Mountain Rd., Scranton) will be $10. The price includes access to unlimited use of rides, parking, entertainment, chair lift usage, and water park admission. The senior citizen special includes a $5 voucher for use at the fair, plus free selected rides from noon-3 p.m.

Confirmed vendors include Revello’s Pizza, Kona Ice, Lucchi Family Wine Cellar, Colarusso’s Cafe, Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den, Udder Delites Ice Cream, Manning’s Mobile Ice Cream Shoppe, Down Home Homemade Pudding, F&S Supply Company, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Household 6 Creations, Cal’s Concessions, Petrosky’s Pierogies, Jitty Joe’s, Malacari Winery, Center City Wine Cellar, Capra Colina, Mucciolo Family Wines, Marilake Winery, S&P Concessions, Ellie Enterprises, Lil Sofia’s Jewelry Box, Villa Maria, BJ Catering, Roseanna’s Pizza, St. Ann Maronite Church, Michael’s Concessions, Plotkin Red Wing Chippewa Boots, Jewish Discovery Center, Queen of the Apostles Church Strawberry Shortcake, Spy Stoneworks, Annie Kitchen, Moe’s Accessories, Miss Debbie’s Soap, Ray’s Porketta, Alan’s Amish Shop, Bather Fitter/Kitchen Saver, and more.

Also coming to the Lackawanna County Heritage Fair, SwikaS Amusements has provided amusement rides, carnival games, and food concessions to county fairs, festivals, fundraisers, fireman picnics, and carnivals throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Vermont for over 40 years.

Lackawanna County Heritage Fair schedule
Wednesday, May 29 through Sunday, June 2
Gates open every day at noon

Wednesday/Thursday: 4 p.m.-10 p.m. – rides and entertainment
Friday: 2 p.m.-11 p.m. – rides and entertainment
Saturday: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. – rides and entertainment, fireworks at 9 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m.-8 p.m. – rides and entertainment

Entertainment and heritage program schedule

Wednesday, May 29

Upper Stage
Noon-2 p.m.: The New Paramounts – seven-piece band
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Stanky and the Coal Miners – polka band
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: The G Man
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Millennium
8 p.m.-10 p.m.: Flatland Ruckus – country band

Lower Stage
2 p.m.: Nick Petula – Ezra: A Life in Letters
4 p.m.: Pat McKnight – Lackawanna County: the Energy Source for the Industrial Revolution
6 p.m.: Dom Keating – Rail Passenger Service in Lackawanna County 1945
7 p.m.: Jennifer Ochman – Louisa May Alcott and Little Women

Thursday, May 30

Upper Stage
Noon-2 p.m.: John Steven Polka Band
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Joe Stanky & Cadet
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Doug Smith & Dixieland Band
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Dynamic Duo – Richie Kossuth & Sugar Ray
8 p.m.-10 p.m.: The Molly Pitcher Path – cover band

Lower Stage
2 p.m.: Sarah Piccini – LHS Fashion Program
3 p.m.: Carol Gargan – Lithuanian Program
6 p.m.: Jay Luke – Local History & Anthracity
7 p.m.: Margo and Marnie Azzarelli – Labor Unrest

Friday, May 31

Upper Stage
1 p.m.-3 p.m.: Funkee’s Dance Band
3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Donnybrook Irish Band
5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Jeffery James Band
7 p.m.-9 p.m.: Luongo Brothers Band
9 p.m.-11 p.m.: Picture Perfect – 10-piece band

Lower Stage
Noon: Kathy Zinskie – Revolutionary War Soldiers
1 p.m.: S. Robert Powell – Carbondale
2 p.m.: S. Robert Powell – Delaware and Hudson Gravity Railroad
3 p.m.: S. Robert Powell – Welsh in NEPA
4 p.m.: Tammy Budnovitch – Pysanky demo
7 p.m.: Bob Savakinus – Rocky Glen video

Saturday, June 1

Upper Stage
Noon-2 p.m.: Friends of the Gypsy – Music from the ’60s and ’70s
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Light Weight – pop rock band
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Grupo Zona – Latin band
6 p.m.-9 p.m.: Popstar Drive (formerly AM Radio)
9 p.m.-9:30 p.m.: Fireworks
9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.: Sounds of Frank & Toby

Lower Stage
Noon: Bob Savakinus – Rocky Glen lecture
1 p.m.: Bob Savakinus – Rocky Glen video
2 p.m.: Stephanie Longo – Italians of Lackawanna County
3 p.m.: Ron Moskaczak – Scranton’s Auto Heritage
4 p.m.: John Revak – Why, What, & Where – D&H Gravity Railroad

Registration Table
12:30 p.m.: Beard and Mustache Competition
$25 entry fee, must be 21 to enter – see the rules/entry form here.
2:30 p.m.: Got Ink Tattoo Competition
$25 entry fee, must be 21 to enter – see the rules/entry form here.

Sunday June 2

Upper Stage
Noon-2 p.m.: Bill & Donna Arnold
2 p.m.-4 p.m.: Ken McGraw
4 p.m.-6 p.m.: Wanabees
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Flaxy Morgan

Lower Stage
Noon: George Gula – The Laurel Line
1 p.m.: George Gula – The Laurel Line
2 p.m.: Paul Browne – The Elmira Scranton Double Back Action Combination Baseball Team
3 p.m.: Jason Amico – Lackawanna County’s Fallen 56

Registration Table
12:30 p.m.: Home Brew Beer Competition
$8 fee per bottle entered, must be 21 to enter – see the entry form here.