From Saturday, August 31 to Monday, September 2, 2013, the City of Harrisburg held the Kipona Wine, Art, and Blues Festival in Riverfront Park in Harrisburg. In years past, the annual Labor Day festival weekend was known simply as Kipona ArtFest, but has now been given a new title, which better encompasses all of the exciting new additions to the annual festival.
Tens of thousands of visitors and tourists attend every year for all of the great music, food, rides, games, boat races, fishing, karate tournaments and much more. The biggest attractions of the festival continued to be the Keystone Regional Chili Cook-off, the Annual Native American Pow-Wow, the “Breath of Nature” Karate Tournament, and the ArtFest.
Throughout the holiday weekend, the festival included live performance from local musicians, food vendors, rides, and children’s and family events. New to Kipona this year was the Wine Village, the New Jersey Outlaws Motor Boat Racing, and the Harrisburg Healthy Café.
Kipona also raised awareness for Autism, and the New Jersey Outlaws raised funds to support the cause with the boat races. The presenter of ArtFest, Jump Street, Inc., had art demonstrations and accepted donations of musical instruments for schools, such as The Vista School, to provide Autism music therapy. The Art Association of Harrisburg also showcased artwork from local glass, plein air, and pottery artists, just to name a few.
For additional information on the Kipona Wine, Art, and Blues Festival, visit www.HarrisburgRec.com.
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