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Musikfest memories

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 02 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 05 2013 10:05:13 AM CDT

Musikfest memories

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

They danced in the streets of Bethlehem as Musikfest 2013 got underway.

The outdoor festival turns 30 this year and people from all over are sharing their special memories.

For some people it's a particular food they must have every year.

Another couple we ran into tells us the 10 days reminds them of a special anniversary.

It's a special time for Dave Hill, Andy Roth and their families.

The two families are originally from Pennsylvania, but now live in different states.

They meet each year in Bethlehem.

"I think it's just the way music talks to different people," said Baltimore, MD., resident Andy Roth. "Lots of different styles of music and pretty talented performers. Just a good way to relax and connect with people you know and meet some new people."

"Welcome everybody to, this is hard for me to say. This is the 30th edition of Musikfest," said Jeff Parks, president of ArtsQuest.

As Musikfest celebrates its 30th anniversary, Dave Hill remembers back 20 years ago to a day he asked his wife to marry him on the north side of Bethlehem.

"I had the ring in my pocket and was waiting for a good moment. It was a great night. So I popped the question and about a year later we got married. It was great," said Hill.

Music brought the Hills together, and music also provided Colleen and Andrew Petrick a memory they will never forget either.

They were at the front row of a Jan and Dean concert.

"They brought my son and daughter up on the stage, Jan and Dean, and had them playing with them," added Andrew Petrick.

So as Musikfest starts the next 10 days of memories, people will dance the night away, and eat that special meal.

"Aw Shucks corn absolutely. The only time I'll eat corn in public is the Aw Shucks," said Jackie Newman from Bethlehem.

People will get to relive another memory Saturday as organizers say the Chicken Lady is returning to Musikfest.