Lots on tap for weekend’s O.C.toberFest event in OC

From staff reports

The second annual O.C.toberFest will be held today and Saturday in downtown Oil City.

The event, coordinated by the Oil City Main Street Program and ARTS Oil City, will feature a mix of art and culture, live entertainment, food and family-friendly fun.

The festival begins today with the grand reopening of the Transit Arts Gallery & Gift Shop, the continuation of the Art Chairs & Dolls exhibit in Graffiti Gallery, a Transit concert with Acoustic Earle, and live music by Ashleigh Bennet in the new Brokenstraw Valley Winery at Tipsy Chef.

One of the highlights Saturday will be a traditional Native American dance performance by the Allegany River Dancers at 1 p.m. in the city’s Town Square.

The dance group showcases the traditional songs and dances of the Iroquois, and the general performances incorporate many aspects of Native American culture.

Additional musical performances Saturday in Town Square include Justin Parson, Joseph Lillard, Celtic Creek and Jerome Wincek.

Town Square will also be the site Saturday of children’s face painting and the announcement of the 2019 Get on the Trail business plan contest winners.

The Town Square performances will move to an indoor location in the event of inclement weather. Any changes will be posted on the Oil City Main Street Program’s Facebook page.

A portion of Sycamore Street (from Elm to Seneca) will be closed to vehicles beginning at 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Saturday to accommodate a collection of food concessions and Oil City farmers market vendors.

Motorists in the vicinity are encouraged to drive with caution and watch for pedestrians.

Parking for O.C.toberFest events will be available on downtown streets and in public parking lots.

Downtown parking spaces designated “permit-only” are free and open to the public after 5 p.m. and on weekends, including the new PennDOT parking lot on Seneca Street.