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Winter festival set for Saturday in Saxonburg

Doreen Blackburn of Blackburn Farm drives a horse-drawn carriage down Main Street during the first Saxonburg Winter Festival that took place in 2021. Butler Eagle File Photo

SAXONBURG — Saturday, Feb. 24, is the day of Saxonburg’s Winter Festival, the first of several events expected to bring visitors to the borough this year.

The festival kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and lasts until 5 p.m.

The group responsible for organizing the festival, which is now in its third year, is the Little Shops of Saxonburg — a group of small business owners along the borough’s Main Street that includes Red Door Antiques, the Tearoom on Main, Rustic Blossom Boutique, Heritage Wine Cellar, and Kiki and Lolo’s Ice Cream.

“A few of us that own businesses here formed the Little Shops of Saxonburg,” said Nancy Alberth of Red Door Antiques. “We work together to do these types of events.”

Throughout the course of the Winter Festival, Main Street will be closed to vehicles from Saxonburg Memorial Presbyterian Church to Mainstreet Bake Shop.

A whole series of attractions are planned for the Winter Festival, including a portable petting zoo, carriage rides, a scavenger hunt, and live music provided by the rock band Center Stage, as well as UpTown Classic.

According to council member Dave Johnston, 51 food and craft vendors have signed up to participate in the festival.

“We have over 50 vendors, meaning over 50 food trucks and local artisans,” Alberth said.

There will be parking at the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Company grounds, To The Limit Motorsports and the presbyterian church on Main Street. Throughout the festival, the Saxonburg Area Rotary Club trolley will patrol the perimeter of the event grounds and serve as a shuttle to take guests to and from the parking lots.

“The organizers are expecting an awful lot of people,” said borough manager Steven May at the borough council meeting Tuesday. “(There’s) lots of things for lots of people to do, and a lot of good stores and businesses that would like for you to come in and say hello, if nothing else.”

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