Monthly Archives: August 2010

Festivals & Fairs in Lancaster County

Late summer/early fall is a great time to be in Lancaster County, PA. We’ve got tons of arts festivals, harvest festivals, and fairs going on. See below for a sampling!

Sweet Corn Festival
Enjoy corn hole, corn crafts, corn eating contests, corn stalk creation contest, corn husking contest, corn shelling contest, pony rides, face painting, food, the Amazing Maize Maze and much more at the annual Sweet Corn Festival.

Long’s Park Arts & Crafts Festival
Experience one of America’s leading fine art & craft shows. The four-day long Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival showcases 200 top artists and craftspeople from across the US, Canada and beyond. The show juries applications from more than 1,000 annually.

Tailgate Festival
The Village comes alive with a sports themed scarecrow competition, tailgating food demonstrations, pumpkin bowling, musical entertainment and more. Plus, you can enjoy a bevy of tailgating foods & entertaining tips. Dress in your favorite team gear!

Whoopie Pie Festival
Enjoy a whoopie pie treasure hunt, whoopie pie race, whoopie pie launch, checkers, whoopie yell off, whoopie pie eating contest, largest whoopie pie ever made, most creative whoopie pie and much more at this fantastic festival!

Potato Festival
Enjoy potato sack races, potato scramble, potato eating contest, potato slinger, potato crafts, magic show, face painting, pony rides, pick your pumpkin & ears of popcorn, special potato foods and much more! See website for complete details!

For more events in Lancaster County, see our full events calendar!

Canning pickles from an Amish cookbook

The Amish are known for their skills in canning. My husband & I are growing cucumbers this year, and we planted 2 cucumber vines… little did we know that we’d be getting at least five cucumbers each week! So we were looking out for any recipes we could find that had cucumbers.

Of course, I had to try canning some to make pickles! Here is the recipe that we tried from a hand written Amish cookbook that we found.

Dill Pickles

Soak cucumbers in strong salt water overnight. In the morning, take out and rinse well with water.

1 qt. vinegar
1 c. salt
2 level tbls. mustard
1 1/2 heaping tbls. pickling spices
4 qts. water
3/4 c. sugar

Bring the above ingredients to a boil. Remove from heat. In bottom of each qt. jar put one sprig of green dill weed, 1 clove of garlic, and 2 or 3 slices of onion. Fill jars with pickles and put the same on top. Pour syrup over pickles. Put on lids. Cold pack just to the boiling point.

Keep these in the fridge, and they’ll keep for a year!

Share your favorite pickle recipes with me, and I’d be happy to try them out!


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