Constitution Day Highlights Voting, Census, Environment and More!
State College, Pa. – The third annual Constitution Day Centre Celebration will kick off Sunday, Sept. 15, 1-6 p.m. at a new location: Tussey Mountain in Boalsburg. The outdoor event includes a Constitution Village of local exhibits, keynote speakers, local and regional music bands, family fun, food trucks, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Constitution Village offers local exhibits on select Articles, Amendments, and the Preamble; local history; and family activities from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Music bands, food trucks, a beer garden, and the Tussey Mountain Fun Centre with gokarts, mini-golf, and batting cages will run 1-6 p.m. The public is encouraged to bring lawn blankets or chairs for the music performances.
“We celebrate the U.S. Constitution as the most important document of our country and our democracy,” said CDC president Keith Bierly. “The event provides a fun setting for visitors to explore different topics and to engage in civil conversations with people of all viewpoints and all backgrounds.
“Visitors will have an opportunity to test the new voting machine, which will be used in Centre County’s November election. There is a shortage of poll workers, and local residents can volunteer to work at the voting polls at election times,” Bierly noted. “We’ve invited prominent speakers to briefly speak on their views of the Constitution as well as local leaders to present quotes on the Constitution and democracy. The U.S. Census will also host an exhibit as well.”
Among the exhibits, Voting Matters highlights exhibitors Centre County Elections & Voter Registration Office, League of Women Voters, Fair Districts – Centre County; and voting-related Amendments: 15th (right to vote not denied by race), 19th (right to vote for women); 24th (no poll tax); and 26th (right to vote for age 18 and up).
Other exhibits include the U.S. Citizenship Test; U.S. Census, naval history, American Philatelic Society; First and Second Amendments, and more Amendments. Attorneys from the Centre County Bar Association and MidPenn Legal Services will answer questions related to the 4th through 7th Amendment regarding individual rights under the criminal justice system. Under the Prohibition Amendments banner, Green Bridge Society will provide education on the state medical marijuana application process.
“For the Preamble, we will host exhibitors on veterans, environment, science policy, gun safety, alcohol policies, community services, early American and local history,” said exhibits coordinator Mary Watson. “Children can enjoy face painting, a local balloon artist, and a signed Constitution by local calligrapher. Free Constitutions and birthday cake will be available."
Regarding live music, Cunningham & Associates rock band from Lehigh Valley, Pure Cane Sugar duo, and Hops & Vines will perform throughout the afternoon. Tussey Mountain will host a beer garden for people age 21+ with ID, and will open The Fun Centre with Go-Kart, mini-golf, and more activities for separate admission fees.
Constitution Day Centre Celebration is supported by grants from Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau, Centre County Government, and Centre Foundation, and individual and corporate sponsors.
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