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Worlds End State Park – Forksville, PA

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I decided to head for Worlds End State Park in Forksville, PA while my mom was at work. I got in a traffic jam that was wall to wall traffic for about an hour, then my car ran out of gas, and I chose to walk the wrong way. The nearest gas station the way I was walking was 20 miles, while it was only about a mile away in the other direction. Thankfully I got picked up by some good Samaritans, and I was able to fill the tank up and head to my destination with only a few minutes to spare before I had to head back to pick my mom up from work, as it was nearing sunset. I didn’t get to see as much as I would have liked, but I did get a quick look at the camping area from the road, and I checked out the area around the information center, including the snack booth and the swimming area.

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Troy Fair – Troy, PA

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We went to the Troy Fair mainly because my mom loves bull riding and I thought she’d like to see it in person. We did catch the bull riding show, along with the dare devil horse riding and horseback barrel weaving shows. What we were really surprised about was how large the fair was. It seemed to keep going and going. There were a lot of vendors, and the air smelled delicious with carnival food. Ron and Mom ended up getting an Italian sausage sandwich, while I got a fried mozzerella on a stick. Then we had milkshakes, saw the animals in the 4-H stables, contemplated riding one of the rides, decided against it, and called it a night.



Northeastern Primitive Rendezvous – Newark Valley, NY

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The primitive rendezvous is like a renaissance fair, but instead of reenacting renaissance era England, they reenact the American frontier. I had a lot of fun, but I didn’t stay long because it was extremely hot and humid and I got hot and exhausted quickly. I had a nice refreshing cup of lemonade and a chicken cordon bleu frybread. Both were delicious, and the lemonade was a very welcome thirst quencher in the heat.




Lumberjack Festival – Deposit, NY

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I missed the lumberjack competition when I went to the Deposit Lumberjack Festival, but I did make it in time for the parade. I haven’t been to a parade in yaars, and I enjoyed this one for the short amount of time I watched it before the heat got to me and I left to find the main festival. I was standing at a street corner right next to a family who brought their garden hose out to the street and the children playfully sprayed the parade participants with water as they went past. I enjoyed seeing the antique cars and the miniature tractor trailer. I always have enjoyed band music, and like all parades, that music was here too – complete with kazoos. What I enjoyed the most though was the old time band bus with a complete brass section playing American patriotic songs. Once the musical troupes seemed to all come past me, I decided to head off and find the festival. I got lost, and drove outside of Deposit, and when I got back the parade was over and I was surprised to find that the festival was only a few blocks from where I was standing watching the parade. I took a look around the festival, enjoying the sounds and sights as I always do. I particularly enjoyed seeing some really cool wooden furniture made straight from the trees rather than processed wood. I knew I wanted to try some festival food before I left, so I stopped at St. Joseph’s Spiedies, where there was the biggest line. You know you’re in for good food when there’s a long line. I got a pork spiedie sub, which I have never had before. I had a chicken spiedie wrap at the 2009 Spiedie Fest, but I’ve never had a sub before. My mom had one before, and said it was dry with too much bread. After trying it, I’d have to agree that a little more sauce or a little less bread would have been nice, but the meat was delicious and I found myself wanting more after I was finished.





Elmira Street Painting Festival – Elmira, NY

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I’m an artist (you can check out my other blog for my artwork), so I love things like this.  The Elmira Street Painting Festival began in 2008 and it’s been growing ever since. This year’s festival had food vendors both from the downtown Elmira businesses and from elsewhere, as well as art vendors. The biggest draw of course was the street painting artwork, and this year had some nice ones.  My mom and my sister (along with my baby nephew) attended the festival with me this year, so this festival was truly a family affair for us.





Deckertown Falls – Montour Falls, NY

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The finger lakes region of New York is full of spectacular waterfalls and gorges.   Deckertown Falls has always been among my favorites because you can swim in the water there, and there is a portion with smooth rock that acts as a natural waterslide if you are brave enough to climb up to the higher waterfall area.  During my latest visit, I wasn’t brave enough to climb up, but my mom and I did have fun in the water in the lower part.



Grecian Festival – Vestal, NY

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I really enjoy Greek desserts, so I wanted to head to the Grecian Festival in Vestal this year. There was construction on the streets by the festival, so the shuttle busses took longer than usual, and the shuttle bus we took was overpacked and many people including us had to stand. It was a pain, but it was worth it. They had a band playing with dancers dancing, and the food was delicious. We got a combo plate of Moussaka, Pastitsio, and Dolmas with a Greek Salad. We splurged on dessert with two kinds of baklava and loukoumades (honey puffs).