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Faithful attendees to the annual New Freedom Fest will notice several additions to this year’s entertainment offerings.

As the ever-popular community tradition enters year 12, festivalgoers will find an extra block has been added, along with an additional stage. There will also be extended kids’ activities, nonstop family entertainment and more participants than ever before. This year also marks the festival debut concert for the internationally renowned folk band duo — The Honey Dewdrops.

While this is the first time The Honey Dewdrops are performing at the festival, band members Kagey Parrish and Laura Wortman are no strangers to New Freedom. Back in 2014 they gave a concert through the Wagon Shed Concert Series.

The band has performed across North America for more than eight years and has produced five full-length albums to date. Their music blends vocals and instruments, like the banjo, guitar and mandolin into a combination of heartfelt passion and true artistic expression. These are the very qualities the New Freedom Festival looks for.

“I think it’s important for people to have outlets like this to share their talents,” said event coordinator Art Wachter.

Every year talented artists, musicians, vendors and local groups and organizations come out to share what makes them unique. And the added block this season means there’s even more space for displays, demonstrations and creative expression. In fact, New Freedom Fest 2016 will feature over 60 arts and crafts vendors — more than ever before.

Enjoy daylong performing art and dance at the Liberty Stage, while live musical performances — including the anticipated 4 p.m. concert by The Honey Dew Drops—will take place on the Heritage Stage.

The Freedom Stage is new this year and will present ongoing kid-friendly entertainment all day long. Other extended kids’ activities will include an art tent where kids can work with artists on various projects, pumpkin painting, an interactive drum circle, pony rides, games, face painting and plenty more.

While so much is new this year, all the festival’s long-time traditions and activities are also returning. One such favorite — the annual pet parade benefiting Animal Rescue, Inc.— even attracts people from out of state!

The New Freedom Festival is an old-fashioned regional celebration of heritage, history and local talent. Staff and devoted community members diligently volunteer their time and effort to continue the family-friendly festivities every September. All sale proceeds benefit the Community Park and New Freedom Heritage Museum.

If you go:

What: New Freedom Fest

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept.17

Where: Between Front, Main and Penn St., New Freedom, PA, 17349

Cost: Admission is free

Why: Benefits the Community Park and New Freedom Heritage Museum

More information: www.newfreedomfest.org

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