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7/10/2014

First Lady Susan Corbett Highlights Tourism and the Arts at the Central PA Festival of the Arts

News for Immediate Release

July 10, 2014

Harrisburg – Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett today attended the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, an annual event that draws approximately 100,000 visitors to downtown State College each year. 

Mrs. Corbett toured the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition, which features more than 300 exhibitors from across the country. The event also includes a street painting festival, a variety of educational workshops, as well as music, dance and theatrical performances.

“The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts offers visitors of all ages an opportunity to enjoy and celebrate the arts in every form,” said Mrs. Corbett. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take advantage of this festival as well as the many other exciting events taking place throughout the state this summer.”

Visitors to Pennsylvania can enjoy a variety of unique events and attractions all summer long across the state. From July 11-12, travelers can celebrate Independence Day in New Castle, the “Fireworks Capital of America” or enjoy MusikFest, the largest free music festival in the country from Aug. 1-10. Corvette enthusiasts from around the world will convene at Corvettes at Carlisle, the world’s largest Corvette extravaganza Aug. 22-24.

Mrs. Corbett is passionate about promoting the commonwealth’s unique historical and cultural attractions as Pennsylvania’s “First Tourist.” In this role, she visits and recommends must-see museums, important historic sites and one of a kind attractions found only in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s state’s travel and tourism economy continued to expand in 2012 with industry sales rising 3.8 percent to $38.4 billion. The number of travelers visiting Pennsylvania posted the highest growth rate since the recession, with the state hosting an estimated 192.3 million domestic and international travelers in 2012, with growth concentrated in the day-trip segment. Additionally, travel and tourism related economic activity supported 470,953 total jobs, both directly and indirectly, representing 6.5 percent of the state’s total employment.

For more information on upcoming events, go to visitPA.com or call (800) VISIT PA; become a fan at facebook.com/visitPA, and follow us at twitter.com/visitPA.

Media contacts:

Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office; 717-787-1965

Lyndsay Kensinger, DCED; 717-783-11132

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