WELLSBORO, Pa. (WENY) – This weekend is the official start of the 77th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival, which takes place in Wellsboro.
The Laurel Festival, which celebrates the blooming of the Pennsylvania state flower, will be held from June 9-17.
The week-long event will include activities like an arts and crafts fair, a queens pageant, a pet parade, several musical concerts, as well as the traditional two-hour long Laurel Festival Parade.
The Laurel Festival was first held in 1938 and was created by a local businessman named Larry Woodin.
Woodin was hoping to boost a sagging economy by promoting the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.
The festival was originally organized by the Lions Club, but today's festival is sponsored by the Wellsboro Foundation, Inc.
To find the full schedule of activities, visit the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce website.