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This is an artist rendition of how the dam might have looked just after it broke and the massive amount of water that poured through it that day. Though I don't see any real dangers of visiting Johnstown, it does lie in a flood plain, the last flood being in 1977. Maybe something to consider if your thinking of moving there or visiting during a very wet season.
Written Aug 24, 2002
The FolkFest used to be a really fun weekend (Labor Day weekend). Many of Johnstown's different Ethnic groups would come set up booths at the festival, organized by the city and a local church. There was great food and music. Eventually, the city began to charge unreasonable fees and many of the best vendors left. Now it is basically a carnival.
Unique Suggestions: If you have to go, just be prepared for lot of noise, crowds, and high prices.
Fun Alternatives: The groups that left the FolkFest began their own festival, the EthnicFest in the Cambria City area of Johnstown. It's much more enjoyable. The enviornment is much more relaxed, the food better and cheaper, and the entertainment more, well, entertaining. Cambria City is located about a mile and a half north of the downtown area.
Written Mar 28, 2005