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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 5:29 PM by Michael Stokes
August is a very busy time here in Montgomery County. For example, this past Saturday there were three spectacular events in Western Montgomery County that offered a unique experience for the entire family.
The 48th Annual Goschenhoppen Historians' Folk Festival held at the historic Antes Plantation offered a fun and informative glimpse into colonial German life. Festival goers were able to watch cooking, farming, word-working, building and many other colonial skills performed the right way with authentic equipment. At the festival you could also relax and listen to music, eat great food, take a hayride, watch a hog butchering demonstration, and hear children and adults carefully explain their authentic crafts, among many other things. As the Goschenhoppen Newsletter promises: “All wishing to spend a day of pleasure should not fail to attend as nothing will be left undone to make this a grand affair.” They are true to their words.
The Montgomery County 4-H Fair held at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Creamery is always a great event and celebration of farming in Montgomery County. Attendees can see many fine examples of farm animals raised by local youths. Farmland preservation and the future of agriculture begins with the 4-H and other similar organizations. Seeing the dedication, diligence, and passion of all of the youths involved in 4-H could make even the most cynical person believe that there is a great future for farming in the county.
The USABMX Quaker State Nationals held at our very own Trilogy Park in Pottstown was a very big event attracting over 1,100 of the top BMX riders from throughout North America. The Trilogy Park BMX track in Memorial Park built over the former Gruber Pool is only 10 years old, yet it has already become one of the premier BMX tracks in the United States. Hundreds of races were held there on Saturday for riders as young as two and as old as 70. It was great to see such a large crowd passionate about a sport that combines skill, quickness, and strategy. The success of the event was no doubt a result of the hard work of many volunteers and the sponsorship of the Pottstown Parks Department and the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Bureau.
If you missed all three events, my only question is: why? Don’t worry, there are plenty more events in the county next weekend, such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival. We’ll see you there.
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