The Blossburg Coal Festival is an annual event celebrating the history and heritage of the mining industry in Blossburg and the surrounding communities.
In 1992, Bernie Tokarz suggested to Jim Holleman that the community should honor our ancestors who started the town and the mining that was a main contributor to the town's existence. Jim presented the concept of the Coal Festival to the Blossburg Borough Council. Once the council approved the idea, plans began to take shape.
Blossburg Borough Secretary Sally Ward was selected as the first chairperson of the organizing committee, which also included Chet Tokarz (co-chair), Harriet Holleman (secretary),Georgette Hall (treasurer), Ralph Brennan, Chris Cooper, Pete Hall, Jim Holleman, Jerry Kostovick, Edna Matreski, Kathy Pearson, Bernie Tokarz, Joe Tokarz, and Howard Youmans. The committee exchanged ideas and solicited suggestions. Soon, the town buzzed with activity for the first five-day event. From Wednesday through Sunday, the Island Park would host booths, a carnival, a car show, and a parade.
The pavilion on Island Park was divided into two sections: One side was transformed into a general store, similar to the company store in Morris Run, and the other contained mining memorabilia contributed from area residents. A king, queen, prince, and princess were selected and rode in the Saturday parade with local and county dignitaries.
The Coal Festival is held Memorial Day weekend. It is now a four-day community affair with the same enthusiasm and activity as when it started. Many volunteers give their time and energy to make this festival successful and memorable. We give thanks to our ancestors for creating and developing this town and the mining industry.2004 Coal Festival Car Show