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.
If you're interested in being a vendor, please find the registration form below or contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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