The 24th Forest Hills Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 3 at Berwind Wayside Festival Park, Route 869, St. Michael.
This will be the fourth year the festival has been sponsored by Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company No. 2.
“Time is flying,” said fire Chief Paul Kundrod.
“The transition has been very good. We’ve been able to retain the craft and food vendors.”
Kundrod said there are 89 craft booths, and food vendors will take up two of the four pavilions, with the other two available for seating.
“We have other picnic tables and stands to put your food on around the grounds,” Kundrod said.
“Food favorites will include a variety of spit-roasted meats and apple dumplings. The menu stays the same – hometown, home-cooked food by the fire company and other local organizations. The local people support it.”
A children’s area will feature games, face painting, sand art and balloon toss.
The fire company auxiliary will have a bingo tent.
“They have a whole tent set up, and it’s always full,” Kundrod said.
With more than 100 booths total, Kundrod is looking for ways to expand the festival.
One welcome addition is the completion of modern restroom facilities.
“We are proud to announce that facilities will be available,” Kundrod said.
The festival will kick off with the first Forest Hills Alumni Association 5K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. Sept. 1 at Forest Hills High School.
A buffet breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. each day of the festival at the fire station.
Entertainment for Sept. 1 will feature DJ Dan from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sharon’s Dance Group from 1:15 to 1:45; One Night Stand from 2 to 4; Walt & Jackie from 4:30 to 7:30; and local band Fuse from 8 to 11.
“We look for new and varied entertainment to peak the crowd’s interest,” Kundrod said.
Entertainment on Sept. 2 will begin with the first-time festival appearance of Hard Rok, KoKo & Joe, a local band that plays everything from rock to folk, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Band member Sam Coco was a teacher at Forest Hills, and Kundrod was one of his students.
“I think it will be a homecoming for him,” Kundrod said.
The rest of that day’s entertainment will include oldies with The Runaways from 2 to 5; Elvis by Phil McCauley from 5 to 6:30; oldies with The Conniptions from 7 to 10; and a fireworks show at 9.
“The Conniptions have had Sunday night billing for as long as I can remember,” Kundrod said. “They’re a crowd favorite. They’ll get in before the fireworks, then come back when they’re over. The fireworks always bring a crowd into town.”
That Dam Duck Race, which benefits the Forest Hills hockey team, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 3.
Musical entertainment for Sept. 3 will feature the contemporary Christian group Calvary Cross from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; polka with Rosie and the Jammers from 1:30 to 4:30; and polka with The Button Box from 5 to 8.
“Rosie and the Jammers and The Button Box are crowd favorites,” Kundrod said. “They’re the highlight of Monday.”
Parking will be available along Locust Street (Route 869), at the fire hall lot and various church parking lots.
Kundrod said there also will be off-road parking above Wayside Park.
In St. Michael
What: 24th Forest Hills Festival.
When: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 2 and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 3.
Where: Berwind Wayside Festival Park, Route 869.