Another example of working with what you have – Wellsboro has had a Laurel Festival as long as I can certainly remember. This small town of 3,300 people is the county seat of Tioga County. Tioga County is home to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and borders New York State. Tioga County has a land area of 1,134 square miles with a population of 41,000. The county is 84% rural.
One thing rural Tioga County has plenty of is mountain laurel, which is the state flower of Pennsylvania. Wellsboro has a beautiful main street, with a grass median, lined with tall, black gaslights. Very picturesque! A great setting for a big parade.
This year’s Laurel Festival included the annual two-hour parade, a juried crafts show and street of foods, and the Firemen’s Carnival, held across town on the annex grounds. The parade had 65 units, including eight floats carrying 28 queen candidates, 17 bands, five fire companies, five community floats and various vehicles.
Imagine what an influx of 20,000+ people into Wellsboro for a Saturday does for the local economy. Some people make a weekend of it. Not bad for a town with less than 3,500 people! This is not the only large event Wellsboro hosts but we are focusing on this one today.