Despite rather dark forecasting, more than 3,000 people made it out to the 46th authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival.
The weather took a much-needed sideline for the festival, on the historic Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road, Perkiomenville, over the weekend.
'I doubt if anywhere in the nation is there a venue that presents the 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German trade, craft and home skills in the authentic way that these Historians do,' said Community Connection Historian Robert Wood of the turnout.
Wood previously wrote that with dozens of authentic demonstrations, the festival is part celebration of the old days, part craft show and part living history, but always interesting.
During the festival, hundreds of authentically costumed presenters and demonstrators including over 150 young apprentices recreated the full range of life experiences of early settlers. Visitors found costumed demonstrators in 18th and 19th century garb demonstrating aspects of home life and folk customs including, gardening, needlecraft, quilting, stage presentations, booksellers, decorative arts, clothing construction, kitchens and foods, agriculture, trades, folk medicine and religion.
All manner of tradesmen were set up and glad to talk with visitors. Also demonstrated are many little known crafts such as soap making, flax culture, and butter making, to name a few.
Attending the festival is described as traveling back to the days when the Henry Antes Plantation was more of an outpost, keeping wilderness at bay from settlers.
While an example of how people lived in that time, it also treats attendees to a the culture.
The annual Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is always held in August on the 2nd Saturday and the Friday before. It is a non-commercial family oriented day in Goschenhoppen. Old fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch foods are for sale on the festival grounds. Volunteers, dressed in authentic costumes of the periods, use authentic tools in recreating traditional home skills, trades, pastimes, foods, and folk music. Stage programs and lectures, scholarly and entertaining, serious and humorous, in the PA Dutch dialect and in English, are presented throughout the day.