Goschenhoppen Historians 46th Annual Folk Festival
- Friday August 10th from 12 noon to 8pm
- Saturday August 11th from 10am to 6pm
Goschenhoppen Historians 46th Annual Folk Festival is a non-commercial family oriented day in Goschenhoppen. Old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods are for sale on the festival grounds. Over 500 Volunteers, dressed in authentic costumes of the periods, use authentic tools in recreating traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Stage programs and lectures, scholarly and entertaining, serious and humorous, in the PA Dutch dialect and in English, are presented throughout the day.
This family friendly event provides not just an exceptional educational experience, but also gives the children an opportunity to try first hand the pleasantries of a former time. Dipping candles, creating a rag doll, petting a calf, sampling potato candy, or rolling a barrel hoop bring a sure smile. Moms and Dads will find a new appreciation of the appliances and gadgets that fill homes and garages today when the labor to make dinner or furnish a home in times past is demonstrated: blacksmiths, tinsmiths and whitesmiths sweat over the forges, farmers hoist heavy loads of grain into the horse operated fanning mill, and women make every meal from scratch. Needle workers show the painstaking process of garment construction – starting with the flax seed to the hemming of a linen shirt with all the steps in between.
Nothing has been left out to make your visit one that the entire family will enjoy. Fantastic foods are available to satisfy every appetite, ample seating under shade trees abounds and a new appreciation of our ancestors is priceless for all.