In the Cambria City section of Johnstown, an impromptu band named the Toxic Fire Ducks paraded down the streets Sunday evening with inflatable instruments they purchased at the Cambria City Ethic Festival.

In Westmont, Doug Rice’s assignment Sunday was carrying all the crafts his wife, Rose, was planning to buy at the Log House Arts Festival.

And in St. Michael, Carter Vitez, 5, and his sister, Kirstyn, 2, were busy dashing around to all children’s games at the Forest Hills Festival.

Along Chestnut Street in Cambria City, Kennedy Welsh, 5, Truman Welsh, 8, Rachel Roper, 10, Alex Roper, 8, Michael Roper, 6, and Conner Hagins, 8, all of Johnstown, were strumming on their inflatable toys, mainly electric guitars, as they bounded down the street with their parents.

The name Toxic Fire Ducks just sounded like a neat name for their group, they said.

Also at the ethnic festival, Carolyn Barefoot of Nokesville, Va., a native of Alum Bank, was with her sister, Janice Miller of New Paris, and aunt, Phyllis Rogers of Imler.

“The people here have been so friendly,” Barefoot said. “The churches are beautiful.”

Tours of Cambria City churches are popular with Bob and Doris Loftis of Richland Township, who enjoy showing their visiting relatives what the churches have to offer.

Monsignor Raymond Balta, pastor of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Cambria City and spokesman for the festival, said all locations are pleased with attendance.

“People seem to be enjoying the ethic foods and entertainment,” he said about the event, which ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In Westmont, it didn’t take long for Mr. Rice’s arms to become full.

“I came for the food and to see old friends,” the Lower Yoder Township man said. “It’s just a good time.”

His wife said she enjoys the various crafts.

Alice Erling of Greensburg, a Johnstown native, was selling silk- and dried-flower arrangements at the Log House Arts Festival, which was held Saturday and Sunday.

“I have been coming here for 20 years specifically to support the arts in Johnstown,” she said.

She said the sponsor of the festival, the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, does a great job.

Rose Mary Hagadus, executive director of the arts center, said 120 craftsmen, including 25 new ones, were at the event.

“The craftsmen are very happy,” she said. “The people are enjoying themselves.

At the Forest Hills event, which started Saturday and ends tonight, Kristyn Vitez of Salix was sporting a tattoo on her arm that she got at the festival.

“I like the ponies and jumping in the (inflatable) castle,” she said.

Her brother, Carter, likewise liked the castle, playing various games and creating spin art.

“It looks like the sun,” he said about his artwork.

Bill Wallace of Richland was selling wooden crafts at his booth.

“It’s great,” he said about the festival. “There are nice people running it, and nice people attending.”

Bob and Linda Labosky of the Baltimore suburb of Glen Burnie, Md., were in town visiting Mr. Labosky’s mother in East Conemaugh and seeing his classmates during the 35th reunion of Conemaugh Valley High School but found time to sample what the festival has to offer.

Both said with four festivals going on in the Johnstown region plus the Cambria County Fair this week, there was more excitement here than in the Baltimore area.

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