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Celebrating the Good Old Days

Littlestown holds its 41st annual Good Old Days Festival to celebrate the past, present and future.
Littlestown holds its 41st annual Good Old Days Festival to celebrate the past, present and future.Borough of Littlestown

Are you looking for a good old-fashioned summertime community celebration? There is a tradition that dates back to four decades in nearby Littlestown that does just that, and starting this Thursday, Aug. 14, the tradition continues in the form of the “Good Ole Days” Festival.

The Good Old Days Festival brings together visitors, residents, churches, families, the historical society, civic organizations and businesses alike for a multi-day borough-wide celebration of good old-fashioned summertime fun complete with games, music and other lively attractions. The primary focus and objective to this annual festival is to celebrate the past, present and future. As a community that predates the Revolutionary War and Adams County, the first settlers came to Littlestown in 1734, and the town itself was laid in 1765.

The 41st Annual Good Old Days Festival will officially kickoff Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the "Good Ole Days" Parade. The parade will include floats, antique cars, trucks, tractors, costumed participants, individuals on foot and more. Everyone is welcome to enter for free. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, call 717-637-9766 or go to littlestownjacees.com/parade.

There is tentative slated entertainment on the square Friday evening, but the big day for the festival falls on Saturday. Register early, starting at 6:30 a.m. for this year’s YMCA 5K, which will start off the day following a pre-race meeting at 7:50 a.m. and then the actual race at 8 a.m. It is also at 8 a.m. that the antique and crafts vendors will set up shop and open for the day at Crouse Park. Live entertainment, demonstrations and displays will also be presented at this time.

The festival will continue its run until 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon, when things start to wrap up. The many things you will enjoy during the festival’s runtime include antiques, children’s games (including antique/vintage games), food, entertainment, children’s events, a petting zoo, colonial craftsman antique engine displays, flea market and crafting events and so much more.

Admission and parking are free for this event and may be done so uptown, a perfect location to the event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information, go to www.littlestownpa.info/GoodOldDays.