Owego ‘Peace Festival,’ ‘Stand for Peace’ Set for Saturday


Owego to host International Day of Peace Festival and Stand for Peace on Saturday, September 21 from 11am to 7pm at Owego Schoolhouse Antiques, 100 Elm St., Owego.

This grassroots effort is free and open to the public, and will feature live entertainment, food vendors, and over 85 antique vendors. The festival has been sanctioned by the United Nations as an official event.

Pictured, is the peace sign next to Owego Schoolhouse Antiques. A formation will take place on the peace sign at 2 p.m., and during Owego’s 1st International Day of Peace Festival on Sept. 21. Drone photography by Isaiah Bishop, of Aerial Evolution.

An invitation is also extended for guests to “Stand for Peace” and form a human peace sign in the field next to the old schoolhouse. The formation will take place at 2 p.m., and will be photographed from the sky.

There will be entertainment outside by the peace sign as well as inside in the former school’s auditorium, which won an award in 1958 for having the best acoustics in America. This is the auditorium where Sen. Robert Kennedy spoke a visit to Owego.

Glenmary’s Ghost, Uncle Uku and the Guise, Voodoo Highway, and several other band will entertain guests. There will be music throughout the event. Other performances include Kevin Doupe, A Band of Brothers, Uncle Uku and the Guise, J Floyd, A Part of Pluto, and then Glenmary’s Ghost. Smoketown, a Celtic duo, will be performing as well between sets.

The owner of Owego Schoolhouse Antiques, Leonard Hilldale, began mowing the peace sign over the summer, and has over 500 hours on his tractor. Hilldale came up with the idea for the event in an effort to spread a message of peace.

You can learn more about the event on Facebook or by calling (607) 687-2709.