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Getting to Know York Fair
Known as the first fair in America, the York Fair was first held in the historic old Town of York in 1765, eleven years before the nation was founded. A charter to hold that fair was granted to the people of York by Thomas Penn, son of William Penn in recognition of “the flourishing state to which the town hath arrived through their industry.” Those early gatherings were reported to have been “the liveliest days of the whole year.”
The fair originally existed as a two-day agricultural market on the town commons, now known as Penn Park. The annual fair has persisted and transformed through the storms and blooming of history, reflecting changes in American culture and local economy.
In 1997, the fair expanded from what had evolved into a nine-day fair to become a ten-day fair that now includes two full weekends. It opens on the first Friday after Labor Day and closes on Sunday of the second weekend of September.
Fair Entertainment and Exhibits
When it comes to entertainment York Fair has the music covered. With headliners like Tyler Farr, Chase Rice, Alabama, “I love the 90’s Tour”, and the daily lineup on the Radio Stage and Heritage Hall there will be plenty of boot tapping and hip swinging.
This county fair takes its livestock and agriculture seriously. Check out the animal birthing center and be sure to stop by the Farm Animal Learning Center that benefits 4-H Clubs of York County. Then mosey over to the Horticulture Hall and experience fresh local produce, wines, flowers and delicious baked creations.
With so much to see and do at the Fair, you never know what or who you’ll run into wandering the fairgrounds. You can find the full story of entertainment and exhibits at the York Fair Website.
An easy 18 mile drive from our Bed & Breakfast, you can fill your days wandering the grounds of a long lineage of history at the York Fair. Feel the gentle breeze of the last days of Summer– which actually may not be a breeze at all but the brush of a ghost enjoying the festivities along with you!
Relax at B.F. Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast after a day or two at the York Fair and your ghost friends stay with you for free.
Make your reservations on our website or phone in your room request or questions.
At B.F Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast we have watched our faire (fare) share of Lords and Ladies get dressed as their favorite Renaissance personas. They then run off and play along with olde world villagers and merrymakers at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. In its 36th season on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, it’s a short distance from our Bed and Breakfast.
The Faire runs every weekend through October. A unique theme is showcased each weekend offering a different experience for every visit. Enjoy themed entertainment, foods, participatory contests and activities. You’ll find living history through craft, as well as ancient sport and dance demonstrations. Each weekend is filled with new and exciting ways to put a bit o’ marry in ye. Brush up on your Elizabethan Language here.
You’ll be entertained by the antics of a colorful cast of characters including gypsies, jesters, and jugglers. Watch yourself when sword fights and battles break out. There’s plenty of debauchery and spirits to keep the most chaste ladies blushing. Two acting troupes bring to life the Renaissance era–The Bacchanalians and the Blackfryars. Guests have been known to become acquainted with Noblemen, Knights, Henry VIII, King of England, France & Lord of Ireland and Queen Catherine of Aragon.
Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Merry Olde England during the day and/or evening, knowing that the comforts of your own bed and freshly made breakfast at B.F Hiestand House Bed and Breakfast await your return--an experience your inner King and Queen will relish.
So what ye say? Will you be heading out to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire this year? We hope you do--and we hope you choose to share the experience with us,too!
It’s August. You know what that means. Harvesting of Summer produce is in full swing. Farmers markets are displaying brilliant colors and overflowing baskets. Take part in the harvest yourself and pick your own fruit straight from the tree. Here are some local spots we think you might enjoy:
Cherry Hill Orchards - With over 2,500 trees, Cherry Hill Orchards is the largest pick your own fruit farm and farmers market in Lancaster, PA. This family owned orchard has over 100 cultivars of the newest and best strains of fruit available today. Pick your own fruit basket or stop by their onsite outlet and assemble a basket from the abundance of seasonal varieties. This pick your own orchard is closed Sundays. Check out the approximate ripening dates for specific fruits to help plan your visit.
Masonic Village Farm Market - Pick your own apples and pumpkins August - October. In addition to their pumpkins, sweet cherries, tart cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and pears, this orchard grows over 50 varieties of apples. The availability depends on the kiss of Mother Nature. Check in with the Farm Market for specifics. The Farm Market and bakery is open all year. They not only sell the produce and delectable creations from their own orchards, but curate a farmers market that includes many other fruits and vegetables produced by local farms.
Flinchbaugh’s Orchard and Farm Market - August 6th & 13th is the 10th annual celebration of all things peachy! During the celebration visitors can pick peaches straight from the trees. Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is home to more than 30 distinct varieties of succulent tree-ripened peaches, nectarines and plums. Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is a fourth-generation family run farm located on the eastern side of York, PA. The Farm Market is open year-round offering a fresh locally sourced stock of fruits and vegetables, baked items, and a wide variety of specialty foods, gifts and plants.
Brown’s Orchards & Farm Market - The peak month for ripe juicy peaches is August. Weather permitting, you can pick peaches Monday-Sunday. You might even find some blueberries. Just 3 minutes from Brown’s Farm Market is their Yellow Church Road Farm where you can pick the available seasonal fruit. If your visit to Brown’s Orchards coincides with August 26th, you may enjoy this month’s culinary dinner experience - it’s all about the peaches.
The incomparable flavor of tree-ripened fruit keeps fans coming back to Lancaster County year after year. It may just be that the juice of a freshly picked succulent stone fruit dripping down your chin is the definition of August.
After a hot day picking fruit, continue heating up your senses and stay with us. We’ll treat you to delicious temptations and healthy delights created in our kitchen from fresh, organic, local, seasonal-fruits, and vegetables. Don’t let August sneak by!
Summer weekends are another kind of special around here. The air fills with the happy sounds of outdoor music festivals, and concerts. You’ll find romantic settings for an intimate concert with a picnic to larger venues hosting all day festivals.
Many of the area wineries become lovely spots for pairing wines from the region with great live music. You may really enjoy sitting back with a nice glass of wine and taking in the gorgeousness of a Summer evening.
One of our neighboring wineries, Nissley Vineyards & Winery, is hosting Music in the Vineyards 2016. A series of five open-air lawn concerts, Saturday evenings on their spacious lawn. Bring a picnic supper, good friends, and chairs or a blanket for all. You might just find yourself dancing the night away.
For a special treat, we offer a package when you visit on a Saturday between July 23 and August 20, 2016. The package includes:
a pair of tickets to one of the five lawn concerts at Nissley Vineyards & Winery,
a picnic dinner for two,
chairs and/or blanket to use,
outdoor skin care package (includes sunscreen, bug repellent and hand sanitizer).
You can find the Nissley Vineyards & Winery Summer Concert schedule on their website.
Discover the music and festivals taking place this summer at other nearby wineries here.
Summer Music Highlights Beyond the Vineyards
Long’s Park Amphitheater Summer Music Series is regarded as a top musical entertainment destination in one of the best outdoor venues in Central PA - Over 50 years of music, every Sunday, always free. The series features a variety of musical genres, from indie rock and jazz to Latin rhythm and bluegrass. Get the performance schedule here.
Hershey Park Stadium - Known as the most prominent outdoor venue between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Hershey Park Stadium is hosting two pop music festivals in August: Mixtape festival boasting the title of “biggest pop music festival in the U.S.” and
in it’s second year, The Show of Summer.
Hershey Theater - August 21st, storming onto the main stage are international megastars Celtic Thunder, with LEGACY, a brand new show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world.
Giants Center at Hershey Cirque du Soleil, OVO, Seven shows between August 31 & Sept. 4th as part of a global tour in arenas around North America.
As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities to enjoy the long summer days, warm evenings, fireflies, friends, and great entertainment. Keep the magic going at the end of the evening with a visit to B.F. Hiestand House Bed & Breakfast. It’s a great place to wake up!
During the 19th century, Magic Lanterns were the most popular form of entertainment in America. A Magic Lantern holds a hand painted glass lens that is projected onto a screen. Usually the paintings are of widely recognized stories. The "Showman", who operates the lantern would also tell the story and interact with the audience. The first lanterns were lit with candles. Then, limelight became popular. Limelight is created when limestone is heated in burning gas until it becomes incandescent. In the early 20th century, lanterns were switched to electricity. The showman traveled the country with their magic lanterns and as many as 30,000 showman performed 75,000 shows across the country in the year 1895.
At Plain and Fancy Theater, located on Route 340 at Plain and Fancy Farm in Bird in Hand, PA, a three tiered restored 1890 Magic Lantern can be found. For the first time in over 130 years, America has a permanent theater offering Magic Lantern Shows. Now through New Year's Eve, A Christmas Journey-A Victorian Christmas show will be playing. The show includes the tale of the Christmas Carol, carol singing and the telling of the Night Before Christmas. In 2016, there will be a Bible Stories show and Patriotic show. For more information and tickets, check with the Plain and Fancy Farm Amish Experience @ http://amishexperience.com/magic-lantern-shows/.