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It’s a big weekend in Clinton and Center counties.

There are a myriad of events this weekend and it all gets underway tonight, with a pair of homecoming parades. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store as we close out September and usher in October:

THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

There are a pair of homecoming parades on the docket tonight.

In Lock Haven, a joint homecoming parade with Lock Haven University and the Keystone Central School District will begin at 6 pm This year’s theme is board games. There are approximately 30 entries with roughly 23 floats. Floats will be judged by Julie Brennan from Clinton County Tourism, Lock Haven City Manager Greg Wilson and Sheriff Kerry Stover. They will be judging from the Lock Haven Elks patio. Albert Jones will be the emcee at the parade.

EXPRESS FILE PHOTO Two members of Lock Haven University’s cheer squad carry a banner celebrating the university and Keystone Central School District’s combined homecoming parade in 2021.

Besides the floats, KCSD will be spotlighting its two state champs — Dalton Perry and David Lindsay — as well as the Keystone Junior League team, which placed second in the US

The Keystone Central Foundation will be joining this year with their “Scrabble” float. There will be a combined band consisting of the LHU and CMHS bands, along with the Bucktail High School Drumline.

There will also be a pep rally at Lock Haven University’s East Gym for middle school students, high school students and their families. The pep rally will take place right after the parade. The pep rally is under the direction of Hayley Orndorf, who has planned music by DJ Kyle Turchetta and games for everyone.

Bellefonte Area High School will hold its homecoming parade tonight as well. The homecoming parade will begin at 6 pm It will start at Bellefonte Elementary School, travel along Allegheny Street, up Bishop Street and end at the high school.

A total of 52 organizations will take part in the parade.

PHOTOS PROVIDED Mugs, which will be featured at the first-ever Locktoberfest, sit on top of Oktoberfest beers.

Following the parade, there will be a pep rally in the stadium for all fall sports.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

On Friday, there will be a pair of high school football games. Shanon Manning’s winless Central Mountain (0-5) squad will look for its first win against Williamsport (1-4) at Malinak Stadium. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm

In Bellefonte, the 1-4 Red Raiders will look for their second consecutive win when they take on winless Hollidaysburg (0-5) at Rogers Stadium. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 pm

If football isn’t your thing, Bellefonte plays host to Friday in the ‘Fonte. The event will feature free live music and activities for the entire family. Residents and visitors alike are invited downtown to celebrate Bellefonte’s shopping, dining, arts and craft beverages.

Live music and entertainment will take place from 5 pm to 8 pm Gramma Ben is this week’s performer.

Grab takeout from your favorite downtown restaurant. You can get a jump on your holiday shopping by visiting the shops, galleries, beverage producers and more on Friday. Many retailers offer Friday in the ‘Fonte discounts or host their own special activities for the event.

Join Local Historia for a historic walking tour, hit up the Heritage Center for more history and check out the latest installations from the Bellefonte Art Museum.

For more information on Friday in the ‘Fonte, visit www.downtownbellefonteinc.com.

SATURDAY, OCT. 1

The first-ever Locktoberfest Celebration will take place on Saturday in downtown Lock Haven. The inaugural event will go from 11 am to 6 pm It will take place at the Sons and Daughters of Italy, 1 N. Henderson St. There will be music, food and games. Food will be provided by Schatzi’s Jumbo Brats.

Admission is free.

SUNDAY, OCT. 2

From noon to 5 pm on Sunday, Bellefonte’s Talleyrand Park will play host to the Outdoor Adventure Expo, which highlights Bellefonte’s beautiful and easily accessible natural assets, while showcasing regional vendors, nonprofits and businesses that specialize in outdoors and recreation-related products.

The Expo will have adventure-based nonprofits, makers and vendors. There will also be free workshops on topics like historic walking tours, kayaking, fly fishing, milkweed seed balls, cooking demonstrations, croquet games, beekeeping, backpacking, hammock camping and camping gear basics.

Last year, approximately 2,500-3,000 attendees with more than 64 vendors and attended 12 workshops.

If you aren’t an outdoor enthusiast, stop by to check out the live music, which will be taking place from noon until 4 pm Performers include: Brass Rats, Gramma Ben and Natasha and the Spyboys.

There will also be a Fantastic Kayak Raffle with a chance to win a pair of kayaks and equipment valued at more than $1,800.

For more information visit www.downtownbellefonteinc.com.

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