The 38th annual Hay Creek Festival will be held September 5-7, 8 am to 5 pm at historic Joanna Furnace near Morgantown, PA. The event is geared towards families, offering a living history experience spanning the 18th and 19th centuries.
Highlights at the festival include early American crafts such as spinning, weaving, papermaking, broom making, glassblowing, tinsmithing, pottery making, and a pit saw demonstration. An antique car and tractor exhibit will be on site. In fact, all registered antique cars, tractors, and motorcycles in the area are welcome to attend the festival. The driver and one passenger will be admitted free to the event with their car. There will also be a Civil War encampment, which will provide the opportunity to talk with live re-enactors and see a cannon demonstration. Additional highlights will include a home craft & antique market, children’s activities such as archaeological exploration, entertainment provided by Marian Gehman’s ventriloquist act, homemade foods, and the Ironmaster’s Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday and Sunday 7 to 10 am. A tour of Joanna Furnace itself offers visitors insights into an iron-making community, with working blacksmith shop and Casting House.
Several promotional offers are available for this year’s event. Friday is “student” day at the festival. All public, private, and homeschooled students escorted by teachers, parents, or homeschool parents will be admitted free. Also, discount coupons are available at the festival’s website. The fee for regular admission is as follows: adults are $10, children 6-12 are $2, and those ages 5 & under are free. Joanna Furnace is located 3 miles north of Morgantown, PA on route 10. For more information visit haycreek.org.