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Youth Festival 2024

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Youth Festival—Our 35th!

Play Outside is the spirit of Youth Fest!

Fun outside day for kids to include hikes, story walk, hands-on activities and partnered stations.
Happening at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, PA

This fun event features a variety of workshops, demonstrations, activities, exhibits, and entertainment throughout the day. Professional guest performers are always exciting, entertaining and fun!

Youth Fest is the best-kept FUN SECRET in Waynesboro! Free admission. [Rain site TBA]

A Full Day of FREE Fun & Activities! Details coming soon!

Featured Performer, 2 to 3 PM: Mark DeRose!

Featured entertainer, Mark DeRose, is an artist, songwriter and musician. He performed for years as a sideman in the children’s music market, and has performed as a solo artist in children’s entertainment since 2015. DeRose sets out with the goal of offering a show with a very positive and “feel good” experience, he said. DeRose encourages young listeners to enjoy life, be creative, and confidently be themselves.

DeRose’s music has rhythms of rock, blues, and Americana, and lyrics that are accessible for children. He plays guitar, gets kids dancing and involved with percussion and a variety of props like shakers. He works regularly with the Pennsylvania Library Summer Reading System and in the general children’s music/entertainment arena.

Plus~Waynesboro Children’s Theater Troupe performs Summer Selects, 4:00 to 4:45 PM

Underwriting support by lead sponsor, Patriot Federal Credit Union

Additional support is from our Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; Marge Kiersz; Alma W. Oyer; the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Washington Township.




May 19
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Buttonwood Nature Center–Home of The Institute
(717) 762-0373


Pine Hill Recreation Area
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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