Folk Fest Fun Demos, food and family fun
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.
Fun at the 2017 Kutztown Folk Festival.