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Meet the Okee Dokee Brothers at Musikfest

Minnesota-based Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing grew up together exploring the outdoors in the Midwest.The duo played in a bluegrass band before switching to family music as The Okee Dokee Brothers.

In 2011, they took a month-long canoe trip on the Mississippi, that became the basis for their Grammy winning album “Can You Canoe?” Last year, the pair took a month-long trek along the Appalachian Trail which inspired their new CD “Through the Woods.”

The duo will perform from noon to 2 p.m. today at Plaza Tropical.

Also at Plaza Tropical, kids can explore the Space Shuttle Blake, a 4/10 scale replica of a U.S. Space Shuttle that includes a state-of-the-art mobile classroom to teach children about space all ten days of the festival.

The 77-foot-long mock space shuttle, patterned after the NASA Space Shuttle Challenger, was created in 1989 from an old Marine Corps bus and was the brainchild of retired Parkland teacher Robert Boehmer, who was a candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space mission. It took more than six years to build and includes $4 million worth of equipment including a laboratory equipped with a microcomputer-networked learning environment, S.A.R.E.X. ham radio station, flight simulator and robotics area. Last year the ownership of the Blake was transferred from Parkland to Leigh Valley International Airport which plans to use it for educational programs.

At nearby Festplatz, gamers can try new games from  noon to 8 p.m. with PlayStation’s “On the Road To Greatness” tour. Kids can try out dozens of new and unreleased PS4 and PS Vita games for free, compete in daily tournaments and win prizes. Follow on Twitter @HeyPlayStation. Kinderplatz,

At Kinderplatz, visit the Creativity Tent which features art activities from noon to 8 p.m.  with themes changing daily. Kids can paint on one of two community murals and take part in a treasure hunt. Find all ABC logos around Musikfest and bring back the completed map to get a prize.

There are six amusement rides including new rides, bear affair and F-80 jets, as well as returning tilt-a-whirl, mini merry-go-round, bounce house and giant slide.

 

 

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