Happy Independence Day!!! It's been a beautiful Summer thus far... and continues this weekend, so that we can all celebrate our independence with outdoor gatherings... and good old fashioned events like county fairs and folk festivals! Since my home is only about 1-1/2 hours away from Kutztown, PA... and the weather was perfect yesterday (80's, sunny and low humidity)... I decided to hop in the car, pick up a friend and venture out to see the many talents of Kutztown's PA Dutch community!
The grounds were busy with people walking around and enjoying good eats, birch beer and sarsaparilla on tap, many fine hand crafts... story times and petting zoos for the kids... and quilts! This fair is famous for it's Quilt Barn... :-)
A quick walk around... see the booth that says "sausage" on the right? Yep... that was my lunch.. bratwurst with kraut and mustard!!! Yum!
Need more money to shop? Here's a "mobile atm"... lol!
And into the Quilt Barn we go...
So many quilts... each marked with size and price... three rows of folded quilts along the perimeter of the building... each section had a helper, should you wish to see more of a particular one... all for sale... some marked with a price and some marked with opening bids for the big auction at the end of the festival...
This one is my favorite...
And here are some close ups... (click each picture to enlarge)
These ladies were in the center of the barn... enjoying some hand quilting!
I had hoped to get some pics of the other artisans goods there... but my camera's memory card had filled up quicker than I had expected. This festival has everything from hex signs, to Pysancki decorated eggs, hand painted dowry chests, jewelry, silk embroidery, wood working, metal casting, iron works, hand blown glass, redware, and wooden shaker boxes... and food... LOTS of PA Dutch yummy food... :-)
Did you miss the event this year? Well... for a link to the website, click HERE... sign up for the newsletter and get notified when next year's event will take place... you won't be disappointed! :-)