Hay Creek Festival celebrates early-American life at Joanna Furnace

Antique cars like this 1930 Packard seven-passenger touring car, owned by Don and Jarrad Jacobs, Geigertown, will be on hand at the Hay Creek Festival. The annual event has been scaled down due to the coronavirus.

The annual Hay Creek Festival at Joanna Furnace will be a bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 44th festival on the grounds of the historic furnace in Robeson Township will be scaled back to comply with coronavirus safety standards.

This year’s event will be reduced from three to two days (Sept. 12-13) and will focus on craft vendors and take-out food sales, including homemade soups, chicken pot pie, fresh-pressed apple cider and baked goods.

The historic buildings on the furnace grounds will be closed, and there will be no demonstrations or reenactments.

A car cruise will showcase antique, classic, hot rod and other vehicles including motorcycles, military vehicles and tractors. Only drive-thru visitors will be permitted in the cruise area.

The Hay Creek Valley Historical Association, which owns and maintains the furnace, will sell craft items, scarecrow kits and tickets for a quilt raffle.

Pre-orders for takeout food and other items are encouraged.

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