An annual Somerset tradition will continue when Laurel Arts, a non-profit arts center in Somerset, hosts Somerfest Friday through Sunday.
Somerfest, now in its 34th year, is an arts and music festival that features live entertainment on two stages, a children's area and a wide variety of food and art vendors.
Donovan, who will hold a drum workshop for children. Instruments will be provided. Following the workshop, Disney's "The Jungle Book" will be shown on the big screen. The cost per family is $10 and free cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn will be served. This event is sponsored by First Commonwealth Bank.
The first official day of Somerfest kicks off with local musician Randy Myers followed by local band Mr. Bickle. Youth band Split Resistance will entertain crowds on the lawn stage with covers that run the gamut from alternative to classic rock.
Saturday's events begin at 11 a.m. with the annual Somerfest parade. This year, the Shriners will elongate the parade with all terrain vehicles, floats and more.
The Laurel Arts dancers, Mediterranean artist Ishtar and Randy Myers appear on Saturday's entertainment lineup before the inaugural Somerfest Saturday Night Time Warp takes place under the tent. The Time Warp involves local bands Stare Gary, The Johnsons, Diamond Grime and Nixon Pit Crew reuniting for the first time in years.
The music continues Sunday with the Laurel Highlands Chorale and Somerset County Band, both of which will perform under the tent. Ray Owens will also continue to entertain children in the children's area, at least until a magic show with David Lawrence gets underway at 5 p.m.
Irish band Tree, classic rock band Bullfighter and Appalachian rock band Circus Mutt round out the weekend's entertainment. For the third year in a row, a popular Beatles tribute band will take the stage and close out the weekend.
Beatlemania Magic will perform legendary Beatles' hits and take audiences back to the days when the Fab Four took the world by storm.
Michael Oliver, Laurel Arts executive director, said that the festival is one of the best in the area.
"Somerfest is a unique opportunity to bring people together," he said. "It's truly a community event. It shows what makes Somerset a great place to be."
Admission to the festival is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 5-12. Children under five receive free admission. Friday's hours are 7 p.m. to midnight; Saturday's hours are noon to midnight and Sunday's hours are noon to 10 p.m.
Somerfest takes place on the grounds of the Philip Dressler for the Arts, located at 214 South Harrison Avenue in Somerset. For more information, call 814-443-2433 or visit www.laurelarts.org online.