Whiskey Rebellion ends with good weather
Logan Reinbeck, 12, Berlin, became part of humorous magician Leonard Delensky¿s show at the Whiskey Rebellion in Berlin Sunday. A crowd gathered Sunday afternoon to watch Delensky, who hails from Nanty Go. (Staff photo by Katie Walker)
“We never experienced any rain showers all weekend,” said Tracey Koontz, a committee member who handles fundraising. “The weather cooperated with us really well. It takes us two days to set up and one day to tear down so it was nice to have a great turnout for all the hard work.”
Koontz said this year for the first time the committee members planned an auction. A hickory rocker was the highest item bid for at $120. A quilt was sold for $90. Nolan Bell served as the auctioneer.
The three clowns performed throughout Berlin Borough on Sunday. The animal show on Saturday – both new ventures this year – turned out to be a success as well.
“It takes a lot of commitment to put together a festival like this so we are always seeking new volunteers,” Koontz said. “We are hoping to bring everyone back next year as a homecoming for the community.”
Edgar Collins of Nashville, Tenn., never imagined he would end up in Berlin for a heritage festival this weekend, but as an in-law of the Golby family of Berlin, he enjoyed his time.
“This is a great place to visit and the people here are so friendly,” said Collins, who circled the festival with his son and daughter-in-law Jason and Kerri (Golby) Collins, and children, Rachel, 9, and Jessica, 5.
“It makes it worth the trip when I get to spend time with my beautiful granddaughters,” said Edgar Collins. “Seeing something like this through a child’s eyes is amazing. The history behind the festival is fascinating.”
For Michael and Stacey Robb of Central City and their infant daughter, Ally, the festival is all about the music. They talked about how their infant swayed to some of the music and enjoyed the sounds.
“We’ve been here before and we keep coming back for the music,” Stacey Robb said. “We absolutely love to hear the Berlin Fife and Drum Corps and it’s a rare opportunity to see them perform. People living here in Somerset County don’t know what they are missing. Most people travel for a performance like that.”
On Saturday during the car show, Craig Enos of Berlin won Best of Show with his blue 1972 Chevelle. Enos has been working on his car for the past 15 years and goes to various car shows every year. Wayne and Nancy Schrock oversee the car show for the festival every year and had about 50 participants. They gave out many door prizes and some of the car owners drove through the parade afterward.