Looking for something to do during the Summer? The Kutztown Folk Festival makes for a great road trip. The festival, which celebrates the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, usually starts the last weekend in June and runs through the first week of July. It is the longest running folk festival in the US at 64 years. Crafts, food, music, and entertainment can all be found on the Kutztown Fairgrounds during the festival.
There are always quite a few vendors selling their handmade items. The Quilting Hall is amazing with 2,500 quilts available for purchase.
It's not just stuff for the girls. There are plenty of vintage pumps and engines to keep the guys happy.
Ben and David Sonon had their 1917 Peerless Traction Steam Engine on display. They are trying to raise funds to restore the beast. It needs a lot of work but it would be fantastic to see it run again. I put a couple of bucks in the donation bucket.
There is also plenty of things for the kids to do as well. Even some of us big kids enjoy the petting zoo.
And of course there is lots of good food to choose from. If you go away hungry from the Kutztown Folk Festival it's your own fault! Some of the food items have neat origins. The Festival Bake Oven is a 50 year old outdoor stone bake oven where hearth baked breads are made. Just across the way from the oven was a 1944 International Harvester engine happily churning fresh ice cream.
As the brochure says, "Kutztown Folk Festival is Affordable Family Fun!"