Preparations Underway for Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts

By Mallory Lane

Published 07/07 2014 06:20PM

Updated 07/07 2014 06:34PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The 2014 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is just around the corner and preparations are already underway in State College.

Crews have been working all day Monday to set up for the week and they still have a lot to do before Wednesday.

"It takes a while to get ready for a part and that's kind of what we're doing," the festival's Executive Director Rick Bryant said.

Bryant isn't wasting any time.

"We started setting up the 100 block of South Allen Street with a stage, with our information booth and with the landscape features we're known for, our mister and our dumping buckets," he said.

Crews have been out since first thing Monday morning setting up these attractions. They're also hanging banners over South Allen Street and making sure the stage on the Old Main lawn is ready to go.

"It's a little different every year because something changes," Bryant said. "Nothing is ever the same as the year before."

This year, Bryant said construction on Penn State's main campus is slowing them down.

"We're writing directions for the artists and performers on how to get here and if you tell them to drive down Pollock Road and there's a big trench in the middle of it, there's going to be a problem," Bryant said.

Other construction projects in the area are being put on hold, including the big waterline renovation project on College Avenue.

Borough Water Authority Director John Lichman said the decision to put that work on hold was made last year before crews even started.

"Heavy construction and Arts Fest really wouldn't go together that well," Lichman said. "For the public's health and safety, for the crews health and safety, for the job, it will be a lot better just to stop."

Road crews will pick up work again Tuesday.

Lichman said they're a week ahead of schedule and should finish by the end of August.

Despite the construction holdup, Bryant said this weeks festival will be worth the hassle.

"It's going to be great weather. People should come out and have a fantastic time," he said. "Buy a button, go to our website, come see some art, go to some great concerts, buy some food and have a good time."

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