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From annual celebrations to the Little League World Series to Punxsutawney Phil's predictions on Groundhog Day, there is always something fun going on in Pennsylvania. Plan your vacation to the Keystone State to check out some of the most exciting county fairs and festivals that celebrate the local culture, maple syrup production, and apple crop.
Festivals in Pennsylvania Dutch Country
See the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country when you visit the Pennsylvania Farm Show in the heart of Dutch Country. Held annually at the Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, this highly anticipated show is host to over 500,000 people, 6,000 animals, more than 10,000 competitive exhibits, and nearly 300 commercial exhibits.
Beginning in 1917 and considered Pennsylvania’s State Fair, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is set on 24-acres and includes horse, livestock, and agricultural shows. The show admission is free to the public, and only $10 for parking.
Visit the Carlisle Fairgrounds and see some of the most intriguing car shows in the US. Don’t miss the Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral or the Zephyrhills Fall AutoFest. If you happen to be visiting during the summertime, you will catch some to the top shows and auctions around, including the Carlisle Ford Nationals, Carlisle GM Nationals, Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, Carlisle Truck Nationals, Bloomsburg Nationals, and Corvettes at Carlisle.
One of the most festive and traditional events held in Pennsylvania is the historic York Fair. It takes place in September and lays claim to be the very first fair in the country, first held in 1765. The York Fair features fun activities like thrill rides, food, games, and the annual Toyota Grandstand concert at the Toyota Arena.
As the fall time arrives in the Keystone state, it is time for harvesting apples. This means there is no shortage of apple festivals to be found. The annual Apple Festival in New Cumberland features arts and crafts, apple pie contests, and plenty of apples. Located along Bridge Street, you can taste different styles of apples while dancing the day away to live music and enjoying fun entertainment for the kids.
Festivals near Philadelphia
With a history dating back to 1896, the Devon Horse Show is considered one of the largest and oldest outdoor, multi-breed events of its kind in the country. Held every year in late June, the show is a major draw for the city, with many guests coming town from nearby King of Prussia and the Philadelphia area. Don’t miss events at the horse show include the One Arm Bandit & Co. Wild West Show, Radnor Hunt, and the Wells Fargo Stagecoach display. Be sure to catch some of the horses in action performing disciplines like Friesians, Jumpers, Roadsters, Saddlebreds, and Hunters.
Festivals near Gettysburg
One of the most popular events in the state is the National Apple Harvest Festival. Held for over 50 years, this festival is held during the first two weekend of October and features arts and crafts, live music, cooking demonstrations, kids’ entertainment, contests, and delicious food options. Fun and unique attractions at the festival include the Apple Auditorium, antique cars, steam engine displays, orchard tours, a petting zoo, arts and crafts demonstrations, and a special appearance by the Pennsylvania Apple Queen.
The National Apple Harvest Festival takes place in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, just a few miles from historic Gettysburg and is just a short two-hour drive of Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Harrisburg, PA.