Clearfield PA Elks Lodge #540 , 28th Annual High Country Arts Fair, July 10, 2016
Since 1989 the Clearfield PA Elks Lodge has presented their High Country Arts Fair in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources, the administrator of S.B. Elliott State Park, Penfield PA. Because the Fair is held on publicly owned land the proceeds must all go toward supporting non-profit organizations in our area. The weather this year was as nice as anyone can remember.
Several such organizations do their part in helping the Elks with the Fair each year and about two dozen are presented a distribution of the proceeds at a dinner held each October at the Clearfield Lodge. Scroll down the page for a list of the benifiting associations.
Some 150 Craft Vendors and Artists also take part in the Fair and help attract the always large crowds.
Pictured left are Bev and Fritz Lawhead while on break from herding their many craft vendors. Guests are greeted by and pay their Chicken Dinner money to John Troxell while PER Gus Yeager looks on. Admission to the grounds, browsing the many vendors and enjoying the entertainment is all free of charge.
I'll continue now with my photo entries and my normal inane comments but we do have a new feature too. Also present with camera at the ready for this year's fair was Brother Elk Frank Carbalan ( a Clearfield native ) from Lodge #1600 in State College. His pictures are posted below in a separate folder
A few of 150 or so the craft vendors scattered through the park. . . .
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Clearfield Elks 2016 High Country Arts Fair . . .
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross - Heartland Chapter
Area Agency on Aging
CAHS Band Boosters
CAHS Swim Team
Clearfield Area United Way
Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre Inc
Clearfield Bison Quarterback Club
Clearfield County Crimestoppers
Clearfield Elks Christmas Committee
Clearfield - Lawrence Twp. Airport
Clearfield Ministerium Food Bank
Clearfield Swimming Pool Association
Curwensville Civic Center
G T Waroquier Scholarship Fund
Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library
Judd Zimmer Scholarship Fund
N. D. Yingling MD Cancer Center
Salvation Army, Clearfield Corps
Society for Handicapped / Disabled Citizens
Special Olympics of Clearfield County
Susquehana Rural Free Clinic
Tagg Team Corporation
Participants - These are some of the area charitable and non-profit organizations that have benefited from the Clearfield Elks High Country Arts Fair over the years ~
The Clearfield Elks would also like to thank the many local companies that graciously provide manpower and in-kind donations.
The centerpiece of the food offerings is the popular and famous Elks P.E.R. Chicken Barbecue dinner. Here, folks are being served their dinners by a number of our Clearfield Elks ~
But, of course, before any serving can take place, there's lot of cooking to be done, some Elks volunteers beginning as early as 6 a.m. to get the fires going. Totally invisble to our guests, another whole cooking gang is busy at our Country Home in Goshen preparing yet more dinners that are later transported to Elliott Park by our "Chicken Shuttle Crew." ~
C.H.S. Swimming Coach Jackie Morrison (l) was on site with a couple of her buddies who seem to have caught the attention of craft- person Sherry Robison. Jackie's swim team memebers are always helpul at the Fair, running the soda carts.
The Clearfield Elks are always happy to see that the health care professionals from Clearfield E.M.S. are on the scene . . .
. . . and we're grateful to Q102/900 WCPA and on-air personality "Big Moose"for producing a live-remote from this year's festivities.
Not everybody has the appetite to eat a big chicken dinner and for those folks many other choices abound. All of the food booths at the Fair are staffed by member Elks, their spouses, their kids and other community minded area residents.
And the folks on the serving lines are backed up by those behind the scenes including, top left, Dave Semelsberger cooking sausage while Mike Peterson and Joe Waroquier keep track of the day's receipts, above.
Left, a closeup of the Chicken serving line.
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Throughout the afternoon, entertainment was provided by astounding fiddler and banjoist Megan Mc Garry and dad Chris Mc Garry. This was Megan's second straight appearance at the Fair and I'd have to say that in those two short years has already become a crowd favorite. Megan McGarry Music on facebook. Megan & Chris were followed on the stage by the "Brewhouse Gang." ~
This would seem to be yet another shot of the sausage line, but here I direct your attention to the building behind. Years ago this was the restaurant that served visitors to the park and like all of the period buildings at Ellott and at so many other Pennsylvania State Parks, was built in the 1930's by the New Deal's Civilian Conservation Corps. An excellent presentation of the history and impact of the C.C.C. can be seen at nearby Parker Dam State Park. Next year I'll have to get more pictures of these buildings.
Also appearing were the T&D Carvings team from Brockport.
And now, as promised, pictures from the 2016 High Country as generously provided by Frank Carbalan ~ Click on any image to enlarge.