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Last weekend, the second Annual Coal Miners Heritage Festival was held at No. 9 Coal Mine and Museum in Lansford, PA. The festival is one of the largest celebrations of Coal Region history, culture, and the environment in northeast Pennsylvania. Approximately 5,000 people attended this year’s celebration with over 80 exhibitors and vendors. So many participants toured the No. 9 Coal Mine, which opened in 1855, that the festival set a record for number of tours given in a single day.
The festival also included a coal shoveling competition for adults, coal sack races for the kids, ethnic foods, bluegrass, folk and polka music, strolling performers, historical exhibits on mining, railroad, canal and brewing history, reenactments of coal region ‘patch town’ life, working blacksmith, vintage mining equipment and much more!
With a second successful year now in the books, the Coal Miners Heritage Festival is already becoming a tradition. Be sure not to miss next year’s event. For more information or to register as a participant, visit www.no9mine.com or email Dale Freudenberger at [email protected].