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Youth Festival 2023
May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Youth Festival—Our 34th!
Play Outside! is the spirit of Youth Fest!
Fun outside day for kids to include hikes, story walk, hands-on activities and partnered stations.
Happening at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, PA
This fun event features a variety of workshops, demonstrations, activities, exhibits, and entertainment throughout the day. Professional guest performers are always exciting, entertaining and fun!
Youth Fest is the best-kept FUN SECRET in Waynesboro! Free admission. [Rain site TBA]
A Full Day of FREE Fun & Activities!
The 2023 lineup of participants:
• First Start Partnership
• Waynesboro Area School District
• Blue Ridge Summit Library
• Eyler’s Pelts and Critters
• Waynesboro Area YMCA
• Waynesboro Ceramic Center
• Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue
• Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library
PLUS~ A guided StoryWalk® and Craft, led by The Institute
Featured Performer, 2 to 3 PM: Silly Goose & Val!
Ventriloquist, musician, composer, and performer Valerie Leonhart Smalkin was one of the writers, performers, and co-producers—as well as the head puppeteer—of the Emmy award-winning television program It’s Kindertime on Baltimore’s ABC affiliate WMAR-TV 2.
Val’s books and CDs for children have won numerous awards over many years. She recently stepped down as President of The Children’s Music Network made up of 400+ performers, teachers, librarians, music therapists, parents, and children from around the world who celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community.
Plus~Waynesboro Children’s Theater Troupe performs Summer Selects, 4:00 to 4:45 PM
Underwriting support by lead sponsor, Patriot Federal Credit Union
Additional support is from The Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.