Heritage Fair

Middle PA District's 38th annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond on 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

The public is invited to the Middle PA District's 38th annual Heritage Fair at Camp Blue Diamond. The Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22nd. 

On Friday evening, Sept. 21st between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., will be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers up near the Lodge for overnight guests and those setting up booths and displays. There is no set fee; donations will be accepted. Overnight lodging will be available in the Main Lodge, summer camp cabins and campground. Please email Camp Blue Diamond or call at (814) 667-2355 to make a reservation after Jan. 1st, 2018.

Saturday, Sept. 22nd, is Heritage Fair Day. The fair begins with a diner style breakfast served in the Lodge from 6:30- 8:30 a.m. There will be a 5K Run/Walk starting at the Directors' House at 7 a.m. and Food and Craft Booths will beginning selling their wares at 8:30 a.m. During the day there will be a variety of demonstrations, displays, and activities available. 

An Auction featuring baskets, handmade items and quilts begins at 11 a.m. and concludes around 1 p.m. 

Activities at Heritage Fair will include a ‘Dunk the Dunker’ tank, the auction, roving musicians, a 4-Square tournament, historical demonstrations and Dr. Jeff Bach, a leading historian on Brethren history. For children, there’s a large, special area with scarecrow making, puppets, face painting, a bounce house, sign language demonstration, a saw dust pile, a wildlife exhibit, a petting zoo and a wide variety of crafts and games. 

The Brethren Heritage Center occupies the main floor of the Main Lodge. Demonstrations and educational centers will show various aspects of Brethren culture.  Tables with representatives from Brethren Institutions and charities provide materials about the Brethren and their work in Pennsylvania and throughout the world.

Craft & Food Items will be available from about 30 church sponsored food booths. The making of many regional and traditional favorites will be demonstrated at the fair, including; cider, apple dumplings, ham pot pie, chicken corn soup, bean soup, apple butter,  homemade desserts, kettle corn, apple butter pies, 40+ varieties of fudge, 20+ varieties of whoopie pies, and assorted desserts. The Heritage Fair auction, booths and activities typically end at 2 p.m.

On Sunday there will be a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Lodge followed by morning worship.

Originally organized in 1981, the fair has been held each year since, with the proceeds being split between Camp Blue Diamond and Middle PA District Church of the Brethren ministries. 

Come have a great day of friends, fun and food, and help the churches of the Middle PA District raise money for several worthy causes. The fair will be held rain or shine. Because of the large crowds and many children, pets are not welcome at Heritage Fair. Families staying overnight in the RV Campground may bring pets, but these must stay in the campground during the fair.

If you would like to help as a volunteer at Heritage Fair, please email Camp Blue Diamond. Auction Aides, Parkers,Traffic Controllers, and Maintenance Volunteers are all needed for the day long event. Volunteers can also work through their local Church of the Brethren congregation, helping with demonstrations or manning a booth.


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Letter from the Heritage Fair Coordinating Team

Greetings from the Heritage Fair Coordinating Team!

We hope this email finds you enjoying your summer!  It is also our hope that you and your congregation are beginning to think about Heritage Fair, even though it’s still 3 months away. This is a very important event in the life of our district as we come together in fellowship, invite others to learn about the mission and ministry of Middle PA, and help to financially support District Ministries and Camp.

Just a reminder, Heritage Fair takes place on September 22nd. 

We would love to know, by September 1, what your congregation plans to do.  Perhaps you’re planning to do what you’ve done in the past – that’s great!  Thank you.  Perhaps your looking for some new ideas.  Here are a few ideas to help get the creative juices flowing:

  1. Contribute a quality item(s) to the auction, such as: woodcraft piece, a quilt, gift certificates, a baked good that is famous in your community
  2. Sponsor a Serv store either in the lodge, or under a tent outside
  3. Consider an item not being sold (and it does not need to be food) and create a whole new concept
  4. Sponsor an activity to take place at a designated time, such as: a game or demonstration

You may not be the person in charge of the Heritage Fair booth for your congregation – if not, will you please pass this email on to the correct person and ask him/her to be in touch with me?  You may have even received multiple copies of this email because you’re on several lists - - we really want to be sure to get the word out to every congregation.  Thank you for all your help!

We will continue to be in communication between now and September 22rd.

Many, many thanks.


Jerri Heiser Wenger

Heritage Fair Coordinating Team