by Betsy Natter
Summer is almost officially over, but the festivals are still going strong. There’s a lot to choose from, whether it’s a taste of history or a taste of honey – and everything in between. Check out one of these great fairs before September ends.
Central Schwenkfelder Church – Country Fair
2111 Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446
The Country Fair operating on Sat., Sept. 17 from 10 am to 3 pm truly has something for everyone. Shop for used books and clothing, find an antique treasure at the live auction, buy a hand-stitched quilt raffle ticket or purchase take home items from the bakery or fresh flower booths as well as chicken BBQ. The kids will love the antique car show, model rail display, face painting and games throughout the day. Enjoy a large variety of food – sausage sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob, funnel cakes, shoe-fly pie, Freddy Hill ice cream and more while listening to live music. Proceeds from the fair are used to contribute to local charities. For more information and directions visit http://www.centralschwenkfelder.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2016-Fair-Brochure-8.3.16.pdf.
Lu Lu Shrine Rodeo Arena – Liberty Pro Rodeo
5140 Butler Pk., Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Saddle up the crew and ride on over to the Liberty Pro Rodeo to watch professional cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country compete in saddle bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing competitions. Sponsored by the LuLu Shriners, shows are held Fri., Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm, Sat., Sept. 17 at 12 and 6 pm and Sun., Sept. 18 at 2pm. Also enjoy live music and a variety of carnival food. Tickets are $12 for ages 11 and under and $24 for over 12 and can be purchased online or at the gate. For more details see http://libertyprorodeo.com.
Borough of Conshohocken – Funfest 2016
Fayette St., (1st to 6th Aves.) Conshohocken, PA 19428
Join in the fun of a traditional street fair at the Conshohocken Funfest on Sept. 17. The day’s activities kick off with a 5K run. Kids’ activities, crafts, vendors, food and live music will line Fayette St. and keep everyone moving. The fair runs from 11 am to 6 pm. The race starts at 10 am with registration and bib pick up beginning at 8 am. For more details visit http://www.conshohockenpa.gov/public-information/funfest.aspx.
Cedarville United Methodist Church – Honey Festival
1092 Laurelwood Rd., Pottstown, PA 19465
Did you know that September is designated as National Honey Month? Check out all there is to know about honey and the industrious little bees that make it at the 5th annual Honey Festival held on Sept. 24th from 10 am to 2 pm. Learn about the plants that attract bee and how to keep honey bees safe from harmful pesticides. Local beekeepers will have live hives to view and fresh honey on sale. There will also be kids’ activities and a visit from the 2016 PA Honey Queen. For directions visit http://cedarvilleumc.org/index.php/directions.
Heckler Plains – Montgomery County History Fair
237 Landis Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438
Take a step back in time to when nearly everything was “made in America.” This year’s annual history fair on Sept. 17th takes a look at the trades of early America when crafts and skills were learned from masters and passed on to apprentices. You can also experience an authentic Tavern or Publick House, the center of communication in days gone by. Trade demonstrations and talks will be held throughout the day covering topics like the Pennsylvania German 4-Square Garden, Blacksmithing, Upholding One’s Honor: The Duel, Decorating PA German pottery and Rum to Revolution: The Publick House. For full a full schedule of talks visit the official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1047543391989262/. The fair runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Admission to the grounds is free with plenty of parking.