HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The 101st Kipona Festival kicked off Saturday along Riverfront Park in Harrisburg with fun, new activities for the entire family this Labor Day weekend.
If you’ve ever wanted to zip line, you can do it beginning Sunday at Kipona for free. It’ll take you down State Street towards the Susquehanna River. Another new thing this year is the rubber ducky races to raise money for breast cancer awareness.
Nine-year-old Haley Case-Mountz had her eye on something specific at Kipona.
“The Ravens bow,” Case-Mountz said as she pointed at the bow.
Her aunt Nikki and grandma Lisa traveled to the festival.
“I like handmade soaps and that kind of stuff,” Nikki Case said.
The food is more diverse this year. It ranges from crab cakes to egg rolls.
Many people are coming out for the vendors. You can buy everything from homemade jewelry and pottery to toys and clothing.
Kipona is also pet friendly this year.
“We are pet friendly. We have a doggy rest stop where you can recharge. At the Conservation Carnival where you can win prizes, they have prizes that are geared towards pets,” Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse (D) said.
Papenfuse expects to have a record turnout this year of around 50,000 people.
“I want people to know that despite the rain, we’ve been having a wonderful time today. There’s so much to do at Kipona. We’ve got music. We had a Guinness Book of World Records wire walk that was successful today, and the weather is going to keep on getting better and better tomorrow and Monday,” Papenfuse said.
Leaders expect Kipona to have a big impact on the local economy.
“It keeps on growing every year,” Papenfuse said. “It brings thousands of people to the city that really only come a few times a year.”
“Come down and support the vendors and support the city. It’s a great place to be,” Lisa Case said.
One of the most anticipated events is the fireworks. They start at 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Kipona runs through Monday evening.