Heemet Fescht 2013

Enjoy Hay Rides, Pennsylvania Dutch Folklife, Music, & History
at Heemet Fescht on October 5th!

Celebrate harvest time traditions and Pennsylvania Dutch folklife at this free event in Kutztown. Enjoy tons of activities for the whole family including vendors, demonstrators, live animals, and hay rides. This event will be held rain or shine on October 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University.

Kids will be able to paint pumpkins, make butter, interact with live animals, play with old time toys and much, much more! For the first time in Heemet Fescht history, The Acoustic Roadshow's "Make Your Own Music" tent will be here. Kids and adults alike can learn to create music and play guitar, instructed by Acoustic Roadshow host, Butch Imhoff.  

Also new this year; pony rides will be offered by Wannamaker Ranch. And What-Knott Farm will be there will be a full-size petting zoo. The petting zoo is sponsored in part by East Penn Manufacturing. 

The Guild Cabin will be open, and craftsmen from the Reading-Berks Guild will be on-site selling and displaying their wares. This is a unique opportunity to start early on those holiday gifts! Plus, see an historic, working tinsmith shop, as tinsmith Ray Oxenford and artist Pat Oxenford will have the tin shop open in our Zimmerman Log Cabin.

The Old Time Plow Boys Club will provide tractor displays and demonstrations, and will provide hay rides through the beautiful fields of the historic Sharadin Farmstead. The Plow Boys’ Kitchen will be open, serving up delicious refreshments and Pennsylvania Dutch favorites at reasonable prices! 

New food choices this year to include Kielbasa w/Kraut, a vegetarian option of the Veggie Pita, Italian Sausage w/ Peppers & Onions, Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Cheese Steak, Greek Gyro, Fresh Cut Fries, Funnel Cakes, Deep Fried Oreos, and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and Orangeade. 

There will be plenty of demonstrations; including blacksmithing, hearth-cooking, star embroidery, hex sign painting, quilting, fraktur designing, crank organ playing, along with many other demonstrations and displays.  

This year will feature live music by local musicians Mike & Linda Hertzog, Yodeling Betty Naftzinger, and the Blue Ridge Mountain Clan.

Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pgchc or visit our website at www.kutztown.edu/pgchc. You can also call 610-683-1589 or email heritage@kutztown.edu for more information. 

If you're interested in being a  vendor, please find the registration form below or contact Amanda at arichard@kutztown.edu. 


Vendors/Affiliates to Include:


The Hex Factory - Rachel & Hunter Yoder

Crewel World - by Shirley Sacks

Crafts & Holiday Festoons - by Paul Moll

PA German Folk Art Papers & Moravian Stars - by Matthew Vardjan, Jr. & Elaine Vardjan

Books - by Darlene Moyer

Country Crafts & Things - by Pat & Ray Oxenford

Bird Houses - by Jürgen Hermanns

Pastorius Home Association, Inc.



Glasswerks Stained Glass Studio

Ruth A. Williams American Country Folk Art

The Country Carpenter - Barry Bennecoff

Wanamaker Ranch Pony Rides






Performance by Mike & Linda Hertzog


Puddin Heartland 1st - Pot-bellied pigs

Performance by The Blue Ridge Mountain Clan - bluegrass, folk and PA Dutch music as seen at the Lower Mahanoy Fersammling in Lykens, PA.

Early American Toys & Games - George Vinter

Portative "Crank" Organ demonstrations by Will Schultz

Quilting Demonstration by Bertha Hoffman 

Spinning Demonstration by Cindy Spayd

Blacksmith Demonstration by Keith Richardson

Hearth Cooking Demonstration by Becky Manley

Performance by Yodeling Betty Naftzinger


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PA German Heritage Center,
Sep 10, 2013, 8:00 AM
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