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For the third year in a row, downtown Honesdale will play host to the Steampunk Festival this weekend. The festival along Main Street has grown each year, and organizers say this one could bring thousands to the area. Here’s what to expect.
Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that features industrial, steam-powered technology, with fashion and design elements that take on a Victorian aesthetic.
“Steampunk works often take place in alternative history worlds where steam-powered technology is extremely prominent,” according to the steampunkheaven.net. “Typically, the technology and aesthetic shown are nearly as advanced as the technology we have in our modern world but with a distinctly retro look and feel.”
So, we’re not necessarily talking iPads in the Victorian age. More like hyper-advanced mechanics, trains, airships and analog computers.
“We’ve been part of the Industrial Revolution since day one,” said Lisa Burns, with the Greater Honesdale Partnership, which is organizing the festival, with support from the Dime Bank and the Honesdale Greenhouse Flower Shop.
Honesdale was the sight of the first steam locomotive to run on a gravity railroad. It was also, as Burns pointed out, home to many factories, including the first elevator factory. All of that makes Honesdale, organizers say, the perfect location for an industrial-themed event.
“Our history is very important to us,” Burns said, “so we want to maintain that history [while] still moving forward.”
“We have something going on for absolutely everyone,” Burns said. “We have the train rides and theaters and the ring of fire and roving entertainment throughout the weekend. The vendors are Steampunk and are selling Steampunk [merchandise].”