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I have these festivals that I say I am going to, every single year. And then something always seems to come up. Maybe we are traveling already, or something is planned for that weekend, or even, I have been traveling every weekend and I have promised everyone a weekend home, without any plans. Whatever the issues, I just miss out on going. The Kutztown Folk Festival is one of those. I have wanted to go for as long as I can remember. This year, I got to go. And it was just as fun as I was hoping it would be.
The Kutztown Folk Festival is one of the America’s Oldest Folklife Festival and is names one of America’s top celebration by USA Today.
Held at the Kutztown Fair Grounds, it is very easy to get to, even if you are traveling in from out-of-town, which many people do. They even help you find places to stay and other attractions to visit.
Pets are welcomed as long as they are on a leash. I can’t tell you how much I love this sign!
The Kutztown Folk Festival is very family friendly. They make it very affordable for the whole family to come. Besides the prices being low and children getting in for free, they also offer a $3.00 off coupon to make it even more affordable. And there is a lot of fun for adults and for kids.
There are many places that the kids can do hands on activities and places for them to play. The girls helped to make apple butter, sewed part of the Visitor’s Quilt, which they make every year and display each year, and corn mazes, watching an Amish wedding and glass blowing demonstrations.
The girls and I stopped by the German Heritage Center and learned a few things, including how to say ground hog in PA Dutch. We watched how pottery was made, talked to lady who made the most amazing dolls, all by hand, and watched a lady making jewelry.
The girls loved being able to pet and feed the animals at the petting zoo. There were chickens and ducks, turkeys and geese, rabbits, horses, a cow, a mule, a llama and an alpaca I loved all the interesting signs around the fair. They tell about PA Dutch and Amish history. They are all around the fairgrounds.
And the FOOD! OMG! Amish food is amazing. My girls were not feeling overly adventurous and the lines to the really traditional food was really long to make the girls wait in both. So I settled for some homemade perogies, while the girls devoured broccoli bites and fried pickles.
We made a point of sitting on the lawn and watching the execution of Susanna Cox. She was the last woman to be publicly executed in Pennsylvania. She was found guilty of murdering her baby. In those days, it did not matter if you actually murdered your child, or just hid the death, both were punishable to same way, by hanging. Wondering how to end your day at the festival, with a birch beer float, made with local, festival made birch beer. Let me tell you, it was amazing!
I love that this is what you see as you are leaving the festival. They have the dates of next year posted for you to see on as you are leaving so that you can plan ahead. I have already added it to my calendar because I know that I want to make sure I go.
Betsy Mitchell says
This looks like so much fun. I try to attend as many cultural festivals I can bc they’re always the most fun.
It’s so nice that they let kids in free! So family-friendly!
yum, Birch Beer. i get that anytime it’s available and that’s not often at all.
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
Awww, those little baby chicks are so cute. That looks like you guys had a super fun day!
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama says
The visitor’s quilt is a COOL idea. I love that!
Fun! That looks like an awesome day. Our little town has fun festivals too. We love them!
I love going to festivals and a folk festival sounds amazing. I need to check and see when our county fair is. That is the closest thing I will get to a folk festival here.
Debbie Denny says
Looks like an amazing festival. Would love to see this.
Amber Conaway says
Love the pictures, looks like every one had so much fun! We love festivals, can’t wait till the fall ones get here!
Krystal's Kitsch says
Oh my, what a fun day! Looks like everyone had a blast
Shannon Gosney says
Looks like you all had an amazing time! Love all the pics you shared.
Looks like such a great time, we just had our local folk festival. Local fairs and festivals are so much fun.
TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs says
Under 13 is free? Are you sure someone didn’t graffiti in an extra 1 and it’s supposed to be 3 and under? Funny how it says Germain heritage but you learned some Dutch (funny because my husband is Dutch, born and raised in the Netherlands).
This looks like so much fun! I love taking the kids to festivals.
Carly Anderson says
This looks like a really fun folk festival! That’s great that they have a coupon available to save some money on admission.
Looks like a fun time. Love the little baby ducks!!
I love it when my town has festivals like this. There is always something fun for kids and adults to do at them. My girls always go nuts at the petting zoos!
Cam | Bibs and Baubles says
That looks like a lot of fun. The petting zoo is always a hit with my babies.
Kay Adeola says
That looks like a great and fun day out.I would be very interested in visiting there and learning.
Debbie L. says
This looks like such a fun event. I LOVE to go to local festivals! I love homemade unique items to purchased.
Festivals are so much fun in the summer time. That food did look so good!
what a fun time. I’d love to go to one in my area.
I love local festivals like this. We are so lucky to live where we live.
This does look like a fun place to be! I’ve never made or tasted apple butter, I think I’d like to though!
These are always so much fun! I wish we had more here where I live
That looks like such a fun time. Those ducklings are ADORABLE!
Travel Blogger says
I love these little festivals that towns host 🙂
Chrystal @ YUM eating says
I love that there is a sign not to leave your animals in the car. I wish all parking lots and areas would have these signs. This festival looks like a lot of fun. We try to get out and about to these types of events too. There is always some fun treasures to be found!
My children would have loved petting the animals too. I like the idea of watching people excel at their craft. I know the pottery making would have been fun to watch.
My kids would have loved seeing the animals. Look like you had a great time!
Ann BAcciaglia says
Looks like you had a fantastic time! The float sounds delicious. I love fun family activities such as this one!
Sarah @ Must Have Mom says
I’m glad you had soo much fun! The food and atmosphere both look really amazing.
What a great festival to go to. I would love to go some day.
Liz Mays says
I think seeing all the handcrafts would be my favorite part. That looks like a great weekend activity.