Friday night’s main event, “The Run Out,” recreated the famous scene from the movie on which the festival is based. Participants filed into The Colonial Theatre around 7 p.m. for a stage show and entertainment until 9, when it became dark enough for the running! Participants spilled into the street screaming (as well as laughing) and running for their lives from The Blob! A large inflatable “Blob” on top of the theater filled with air, and at the end, the monster was “fought off” with the spray of fire extinguishers. This has become an annual tradition, and if you aren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to run out next year, it’s just as much fun to gather with the community around the theater to watch!
The next day, along with several showings of the classic movie, there was an all day street fair. Classic cars lined the streets, and the windows of Phoenixville were transformed into Blob scenes and themes, competing in the facade contest. At 11 a.m., the festivities kicked off with a scream from the orange cloaked banshee (the hairs on the back of your neck stood on end when she screamed) and the playing of the original theme song from “The Blob.” Later in the day, “The Buzzards” took the stage, and played hits from the 50s, while greasers and rockabillies strolled the streets.
Vendors of all kinds sold prints, t-shirts and other spooky and 50s-related themed items entertained shoppers, and the restaurants of Phoenixville rose to the occasion as well. Specialty drinks were offered at several of the different local watering holes, including Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant’s release of a special beer, Red Cherry BLOB, which was a dark “imperial” witbier brewed with sweet Oregon cherries.
If you didn’t have time to check out the annual favorite of Phoenixville, you can view our picture gallery HERE. And until next year’s festival, beware of the Blob!
All photographs credited to Sarah Gagliardo.