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Gettysburg Fest in full swing

The seventh annual Gettysburg Fest is underway
The seventh annual Gettysburg Fest is underway

What are your plans this weekend? With the start of summer, Father’s Day Sunday and a weekend looming up ahead, why not make the most of your week by celebrating? Folks in Gettysburg are doing just that with the seventh annual Gettysburg Fest.

Already underway, the Gettysburg Festival celebrated a kickoff on June 11 and will continue on through June 15. A16-time International Festivals & Events (IFEA) Pinnacle Award winner, Gettysburg Fest is a highly anticipated, sought after event known as a vibrant festival that both residents and visitors alike flock to each year. The 2014 installment for the festival presents itself as a five-day showcase of the best performing, visual and culinary arts from Gettysburg and throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Connecting local artists and merchants from throughout the community to Fest attendees through Fringe events in the areas of performing, visual, and culinary arts, as well as film, theater and children’s events, Gettysburg Fest is always a fun-filled festival.

In its time, Gettysburg Fest has presented more than 3,000 artists, musicians and performers in the past six years. Some notable past performances have included: James Earl Jones, narrating “A Lincoln Portrait” while accompanied by full orchestra; a live recording of the popular NPR show “From the Top” with host Christopher O’Riley; the Aureole Trio; the Mendelssohn Trio; Straight No Chaser; Former White House Chef Walter Scheib; the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, resident company of Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center; modern dance powerhouse Philadanco; Kevin Eubanks of Tonight Show fame; world-renowned guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli; the Brubeck Brothers Quartet; Robert Cray; Shemekia Copeland; Boston Brass; River City Brass Band; Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, and many others. In 2013 Hunter Hayes brought an additional 4,000 enthusiastic fans to the annual Gettysburg Fest, setting the stage for more country music for years to come. The festival also saw the premiere of filmmaker Jake Boritt’s “The Gettysburg Story”.

Highlights to take place on Saturday, June 14 include a wide range of entertainments on three different stages in a wide array of categories including performing arts, visual arts, culinary arts and Fringe and children’s events. Come out this morning and experience the workings of Rockville Brass Band, Benfield Brass Band, Spires Brass Band, Tasker’s Chance and much more. There will also be a Gettysburg Community Theatre presentation of American Pop Forever, featuring American music from the 1950s, bandstand, 70s Disco and much more. Be sure to make room for a good old-fashioned ice cream and pie social from noon to 2 p.m. Also stick around for the first ever Annual Waiter-Waitress Challenge happening from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Many other events will make the day one to celebrate including highlights from Gettysburg Civic Chorus, Wildcat Regiment Band, Chesapeake Brass Band and many others. Destination Gettysburg Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides will also be on site to make your day even more memorable…if you so choose to pursue a once in a lifetime destination.

These are just a few of the happenings to make the week memorable. There will be plenty of other pursuits in the remaining day of the Gettysburg Fest as well. So come out to the college and enjoy the week. The Gettysburg Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, go to