Folk Fest Fun Demos, food and fam­ily fun

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - LOCAL NEWS - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

The lo­cal com­mu­nity is a big part of the an­nual Kutz­town Folk Fes­ti­val’s suc­cess and there was much for lo­cal fam­i­lies to do, see and eat.

“We’re in our 68th year now and I think the fact that we’re Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch themed folk fes­ti­val, that’s what we’ve al­ways been and con­tinue to be con­scious of that. We have a tremen­dous amount of sup­port from the com­mu­nity. Var­i­ous non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and ser­vice groups that are in­volved with this fes­ti­val. I think that’s been crit­i­cal and a key part of the suc­cess of this fes­ti­val,” said Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor Steven Sharadin.

Sharadin cred­its the fes­ti­val’s unique­ness for bring­ing the crowds back year af­ter.

“Our vis­i­tors are able to make con­nec­tions with folks, our crafts­men, our food ven­dors, our en­ter­tain­ers and they look for­ward to see­ing a lot of those same folks each year,” he said. “Even though we al­ways try to have some new folks in­volved with the fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pat­ing we don’t loose sight of the fact that the con­nec­tion that our par­tic­i­pants make with the vis­i­tors is re­ally im­por­tant and a key part of what keeps those vis­i­tors com­ing back year af­ter year.”

Sharadin hopes vis­i­tors leave at the end of their fes­ti­val ad­ven­ture feel­ing good with what they saw and got to be in­volved with.

“It’s a lot of hands-on ex­pe­ri­ences here. It’s an ed­u­ca­tional event as well as en­ter­tain­ing. I think they get some­thing here that they don’t get at any other fes­ti­val,” said Sharadin.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS — JOEL SEIDEL

Fun at the 2017 Kutz­town Folk Fes­ti­val.

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