2018-11-03 / Front Page

Eliot Ness Fest will return!


Potter County Historical Society president David Castano (left) and Commissioner Paul Heimel, who serves on the Eliot Ness Fest planning committee, flank a new exhibit on display on the first floor of the Gunzburger Building. A special commendation from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms highlights the exhibit. Plans are being made for the second annual festival July 19-21, 2019. Potter County Historical Society president David Castano (left) and Commissioner Paul Heimel, who serves on the Eliot Ness Fest planning committee, flank a new exhibit on display on the first floor of the Gunzburger Building. A special commendation from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms highlights the exhibit. Plans are being made for the second annual festival July 19-21, 2019. Plans are already being made for a second running of the Eliot Ness Fest in Coudersport, now officially scheduled for the July 19-21 weekend in 2019.

Officers of the Potter County Historical Society (PCHS) last week agreed to continue as the festival sponsor, working closely with the Eliot Ness Fest Committee.

It follows an inaugural festival with crowd totals estimated at more than 3,000. Organizers say that all signs point to an even bigger turnout in 2019.

Several of the festival activities centered around the life and times of the famous crime- fighter – arguably Potter County’s most famous citizen -- will return. New events are in the planning stages, including a dramatic re-enactment of the trial of gangster Al Capone. Details will be announced.

Organizers say that volunteers are going to be needed to help with publicity and marketing, program planning, vendor relations, parade arrangements, entertainment, sponsorships, lodging and many other elements for next year’s festival. A planning committee meeting date will be announced in the near future.

In the meantime, those interested in signing up or learning more can use the “contact us” page on the website, eliotnessfest.com, or leave a message on the Eliot Ness Fest page on the Facebook social media platform.

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