Music, sports and helicopter rides await those attending York Summerfest

Thousands flock to downtown York for the city's annual Summerfest.
Thousands flock to downtown York for the city's annual Summerfest. Herald file photo

The city of York will host its 33rd annual salute to summer this weekend, featuring helicopter rides, a BMX stunt show, music, crafts, sporting events and more.

Summerfest, an annual festival sponsored by the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, will begin with Friday’s Downtown Live concert featuring Flash Back from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the chamber lawn. Other Friday events include an 8:30 p.m. moonlight bike ride and the first day of weekend tennis and golf competitions.

It will continue with a street fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, including 10K, 5K and fun runs beginning at 8 a.m., a car show, children’s activities, a craft and food fair, robotics demonstrations, a BMX show and health screenings.

The opening ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Saturday on the steps of the York County Courthouse.

Saturday entertainment will be on two stages: The Market Stage at Victory Lane and North Congress streets and the Car Show Stage, outside the Agriculture Building on Congress Street, near the car show.

Entertainment also will be provided inside the Sylvia Theater, where the Interstate 107 Country Showdown will take place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Country singers will compete for cash and prizes and three finalists will advance to a regional event this fall.

“We are looking for a big turnout, like we always do,” said Paul Boger, executive director of the chamber. “No matter what kind of weather situation we have, we seem to pull them in.”

Boger said no big festival changes are planned, but helicopter rides that were offered last year will be back. The rides, for $20 each, will be offered Saturday by Select Helicopters, located behind the York YMCA building on East Madison Street, he said.

Boger also said the Saturday morning 10K run, which was not offered last year, will be back, with a fun run and 5K run. “We have had a lot of people ask for it,” he said.

Free transportation assistance will be provided by volunteers from the York Rotary Club, who will be based at Roosevelt and East Liberty streets, he said. Motorists can drop off those who need assistance and park their cars, Boger said, and volunteers will provide transportation via golf carts into the festival area.

Jennifer Becknell: 803-329-4077

Want to go?

For more information on Summerfest events, call the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 803-684-2590 or visit the website at www.greateryorkchamber.com.

Related events:

▪  Antiques and artisan show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York. Lunch is available.

▪  First Presbyterian Church barbecue and bake sale, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the family life center, 10 W. Liberty St., York.

▪  Trinity United Methodist Church breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at 22 E. Liberty St., York.

▪  First Baptist Church fish and chicken fry, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 102 S. Congress St., York.

▪  Concert at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, featuring The Early Music Ensemble of Central Piedmont Community College with soloist Tina Zenker Williams performing “Music for Shakespeare,” 3 p.m. Saturday.

▪  Big bird fly-in, sponsored by the York County Flyers, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday on Langrum Branch Road, featuring war birds, sail planes, giant scale and micro planes, helicopters and more.