UNION CITY, Pa. - From the food to the fun, there's something for everyone at the 13th annual French Creek Festival in Union City this weekend.

“A lot of people don't know what a gem Union City is,” said Pat Nothum, a co-organizer of the festival.

For Nothum and the other organizers, that's the main focus of the two-day festival: to highlight the town's rich history and bring everyone together.

The festival is also drawing in people who now live out of state, such as the Kerley family, who traveled from Lakeland, Fla. to see relatives in the region.

“When you go to a festival (in Lakeland), it's so crowded,” said Laura Kerley. “You can't hardly do anything, so I like these small towns.”

Each year, organizers pick a new theme for the festival. This year, there's a strong emphasis on Union City’s youngest residents with plenty of games.

“I've been playing just cornhole and arts & crafts,” said Brayden Alsen, 7.

To make it even more of a family-oriented weekend, the Erie Zoo and the Erie Children's Museum will be there on Saturday

And like any summertime get-together, you can't forget about the food. The festival, also serving as a fundraiser for the Union City volunteer fire department and clubs at Union City High School. The event itself, not a huge moneymaker. But it goes off without a hitch every year thanks to generous sponsors from all over Erie County, including the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority.

“It's a small-town, not too far from Erie,” said Kerley. “It's just a wonderful hometown.”


Miss the festival on Friday?

The festival runs all day Saturday, as well. Gates open at 10 a.m. at Union City High School.