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Mountain Fest 2023 just a month away

- By Brian D. Stockman Staff Writer

RIDGWAY - It was just a few years ago when T.O. Fitch and a group of dedicated volunteers seemed to pull off the impossible; a winter festival for Ridgway that was brought together in just a few short months. Despite some inclement weather, the first Mountain Fest was an unqualifie­d success and now has become one of the biggest events that grace Ridgway each year. Despite T.O. Fitch's untimely early passage a group of dedicated volunteers has ensured that his legacy lives on with this annual celebratio­n of all the things that T.O. loved; live music, great food, outdoor sports and equipment, and of course plenty of locally produced beer and spirits.

Mountain Fest 2023 will take place from March 3-March 5 at the new location of the old tannery at 310 Tanner Street in Ridgway. Hours this year will be from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday. This is a family-friendly event with activities and vendors for all ages. Continuous Live Music, Food, Beverages, and other entertainm­ent will be available throughout the event. The one-time Entry Fee is good for the entire weekend With over 100 vendors confirmed the

Mountain Fest 2023 Committee has stopped accepting new vendor applicatio­ns for this year. There is a kids vendor show on Saturday and Sunday that children aged 8-18 can still join free of charge through the elkcountyw­­st2023 website. More informatio­n is available on the applicatio­n form.

While the Musician Lineup may change prior to the event the tentative schedule is:

•Friday, March 3: Whitefeath­er - 3 to 4 p.m.; Ian Unwired 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.; May Day - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; and County Lines - 8 to 11 p.m.

•Saturday, March 4: TBA - 12:30 to 2 p.m.; Robyn Young and Brian Rowan - 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.; Sharis & Steve 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Muzical Romance - 6 to 8 p.m.; and Lonecrow Rebellion - 8:30 to 11 p.m.

•Sunday, March 5: TBA - 12:30 - 2 p.m Food vendors are a

large part of Mountain Fest and some of Ridgway's favorites will be there like Anytime/ Lunchtime and the Creative Cup, while others will be tempting visitors with new food offerings like brisket and freshly fried minidoughn­uts. One of the most popular vendors is always the Peters Peppers PA pickles, and St. Mary's Dream Catch will bring seafood to the festival for the first time. Real Nutz Vodka and Logyard Brewing are back again this year along with other adult beverage vendors from all over the area with local wineries being featured throughout the event.

In addition to all the food and drinks vendors will be selling games, handmade soap, and candles, laser engraved products, wreaths, rustic and handmade furniture, wind chimes and spinners, educationa­l children's toys, and Festival Favorite PA Hickory Syrup will also be on hand for the 2023 Festival.

This year's Mountain Fest will be the biggest one yet so make sure to mark your calendar and set aside some time to come to downtown Ridgway and enjoy plenty of food, and entertainm­ent and browse over 100 vendors at the biggest event of the year besides the Ridgway Firemen's Carnival. Hours this year will be from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

 ?? Photo submitted ?? A quick preview of the Mountain Fest 2023 logo that will also appear on the t-shirts sold at the event
Photo submitted A quick preview of the Mountain Fest 2023 logo that will also appear on the t-shirts sold at the event

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