New committee brings back Laurel Festival
BROOKVILLE - A long-time Jefferson County festival that was previously canceled now has a new committee working to bring the celebration back.
The 60th Western Pennsylvania Laurel Festival was canceled in June after its former president, Joyce Toven, suffered a major heart attack that almost cost her her life. Due to her health, Toven made the decision to cancel the festival.
Around 20 people are working to bring back the event under a new name, the Brookville Laurel Festival.
President Dick Boozer said it will now be an eight-day festival taking place the last week in June. He said each day will have its own theme, including kids day, senior citizens day, armed forces day, game day and much more.
"It just shows us on the Laurel Festival Committee that people are willing to step forward and help out Brookville as a community and get more tourism into town," Boozer said.
The Brookville Volunteer Fire Company and the Pine Creek Fire Department will take over the parade.
Boozer said the beauty pageant will take place before the festival so contestants can attend the events.
The committee is looking for monetary donations from businesses and organizations to help with their efforts.
Those interested in getting involved can attend festival meetings at 7 p.m. every first and third Thursday at the Brookville Volunteer Fire Company.