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Septemberfest to feature live music, crafts

| Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

The Friends of Yellow Creek will host the fourth annual Septemberfest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Yellow Creek State Park on Route 422 near Penn Run. Events will be centered at the park's Day-Use Area and beach. Admission is free.

The celebration will feature events and activities for all ages.

Among the highlights will be guided kayaking tours led by park naturalist Mike Shaffer at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. A dozen kayaks will be available for participants' use, or visitors can bring their own.

Space in the kayak tours is limited. Participants are encouraged to come to the park early in order to sign up.

Active visitors can also enjoy free canoeing and paddleboating.

Spectators will have the chance to watch sailboat races. The new IUP Sailing Club will be showcasing its fleet on the lake at 2 p.m.

Several popular music groups from Indiana County will be performing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including “Mu,” J.R. Shanty Company and Grist for the Mill.

The day begins with a 9:30 a.m. mountain bike race. There also will be an opportunity to explore the park's single-track trails with members of FOYC for those who bring their own bikes. The FOYC has recently published a topographical map featuring these trails on one side and a fishing map on the reverse. The maps will be available for sale at Septemberfest.

New this year will be arts and crafts vendors, who will offer such items as stained glass, woven baskets, greeting cards, crocheted items and photographs.

For kids, FOYC is partnering with the Indiana County YMCA. The Y will be organizing free children's games and activities between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

FOYC uses all funds raised through food sales, the races, and maps, as well as memberships, to enhance the park.

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