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Could changes be in store for Harrisburg's Kipona Festival?

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 There were mixed reviews on this weekend's three-day Fourth of July celebration in Harrisburg.

It was a 'walk-around' this year instead of events centralized at Riverfront Park. Festivities concluded on Sunday with events around Italian Lake.

Now, Jackie Parker, the city's director of economic development, indicated that what you saw this weekend might be in the offing for the Kipona celebration over Labor Day weekend.

"We're not quite sure," she said. "We haven't quite set it up yet, but we are working on it now. But it will not be a traditional three-day event on Front Street."

Joyce Davis, spokesperson for Mayor Eric Papenfuse, later told abc27 that the mayor has not made a decision on that yet.

So what was Parker talking about? Davis said the city will have to decide if it has enough money to keep Kipona as it has been.

We asked people if they would welcome changes to Kipona, like the ones that were made for the 4th of July.

"I think it would lose some of its interest," said Matt Burkley of Harrisburg. "I love it being down-town so that would be a great place to keep it. I guess they probably want to move it out of convenience for parking and things like that."

"This is wonderful here this evening," said Ron Skrabut of Harrisburg. "But it didn't have the focal point and the focal point of activity that it's had in previous years."

Mim Moyer of Hummelstown liked the fact that it was less hectic in being spread out this year.

"I just think that it's a good idea to change things for variety's sake," she said. "But I think it should be publicized a little bit more."
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