Family Day and Children’s Health Fair is June 11

WELLSBORO—The 15th Annual Family Day and Children’s Health Fair will kick off the 75th Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival. The event will be Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outdoors on “The Green” in Wellsboro, rain or shine. Everything is free.

Hosting Family Day, which promotes wellness and healthy activities, are the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, the Wellsboro Montessori Children’s Center, and the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

By resolution, the Tioga County Commissioners have designated June 11, as “Smoke Free Day on The Green.”

There will be activities for children of all ages, including games, refreshments and entertainment.

Over 30 businesses and non-profit organizations are participating in Family Day. Some will involve youth in creative projects or activities. At the Tioga County Relay For Life booth, youngsters can play Simon Says: Sunscreen, be on a watering can relay team and plant a seed that has a special meaning.

Other booths will have information about children’s health, safety and well being such as self-expression through music, eye health, substance abuse prevention, bicycle safety, car seat safety, emotional wellness, wildfire, water and fire safety, and healthy snacks with samples.

At 10 a.m., children and adults are invited to join guitarist and singer Mr. Ronn for a lively show. He will involve the audience in singing 1950s rock and roll and old-time country tunes and playing percussion instruments such as bells, tambourines, maracas, washboards, cymbals, bongos, accordions and a bass drum.

Sadie Green Sales will perform at noon. Timothy Walker and David Driskell will sing jug band songs and play a host of instruments, from banjo, harmonica and flute to a penny whistle, musical saw and washtub bass.

Pony hoppers for youngsters, teens and adults to ride; a bounce house with a slide; and slacklines to try will be on The Green.

Being given out free to participants will be a choice of one of the following: a rubber playground ball, a foam football, a foam Frisbee or a jump rope.

Wellsboro Pediatric Health Care Associates is sponsoring the giveaway of free bike helmets in sizes toddler to extra large while supplies last. For a free helmet, the youth must register and must be present to be fitted.

Among the many free treasures at the booths will be hacky sacks, badges, ice/cold packs, bracelets, stickers, pens, pencils, crayons, coloring books, a 10-inch flying disk with pouch, T-shirts and nail files.

For more information about Family Day and other Laurel Festival events stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street Monday through Friday, call 570-724-1926 or email