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BETHESDA – The 32nd annual Chautauqua Homecoming Days and Bethesda Festival promises a weekend full of family fun.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday and from 10:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Epworth Park.

Event organizers invite attendees to stroll down memory lane and relive the thrills of yesteryear in historic Epworth Park. The event includes food, approximately 25 antique and craft vendors, garage sales, a car show, live music and more.

June Diehl, one of the organizers of the event, said this year’s event will mark the full return of the annual affair.

“It was canceled a year before (in 2020) because of COVID, then last year it was launched at the last minute because we weren’t sure if the COVID restrictions were going to be lifted or not. So this year we had more time to plan, to advertise, to find suppliers, so it’s going to be bigger and better. she says.

New attractions this year include a large display of quilts displayed throughout the park and a newly carved eagle statue located in the Oak Garden in the central area of ​​the park. The 10ft tall wooden statue was created by Jeff Rosco after a large oak tree was damaged.

“One of the oak trees over 100 years old was struck by lightning last year so it had to be cut down but they cut it down about 10-15 feet off the ground and then carved the eagle so that it may be something to remember the huge oak tree, “ Diehl said, adding that visitors are encouraged to have their photo taken by the sculpture.

On Saturday, the event begins at 8 a.m. with a sale of white elephants behind Cottage 74. The youth fishing tournament begins at 9 a.m. at the lake, as well as the opening of antique and antique vendors. crafts, the bake sale and the opening of Epworth Park. Souvenirs. The festival parade will begin at noon. Chuck Williams will perform from 2-4 p.m., followed by The Shuman Family from 6-8 p.m. in the amphitheater.

A car show, sponsored by Bethesda-Belmont-Morristown Rotary, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Diehl said tours of the historic Victorian cottages will also take place on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Because it’s in a historic setting, it’s a tranquil gem and secret treasure here. It’s a nice trip back to the old nostalgia of the early 1900s. The cabins are over 100 years old. There are now 60 cottages standing, well maintained or being renovated. It’s as picturesque as it gets.” she says.

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