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Hanover’s 31st Annual Dutch Festival

Hanover holds an annual Dutch Festival to pay homage to its community heritage.
Hanover holds an annual Dutch Festival to pay homage to its community heritage.
Chamber of Commerce

The state of Pennsylvania has a rich “Deutsch” heritage that is recognized each summer with the Annual Dutch Festival in Hanover’s town square. Tomorrow will mark the 31st of this ongoing tradition that has filled the community with a day filled full of fun, funnel cakes, bratwursts, handmade crafts and authentic German bands.

The festival was established originally to promote community awareness and pay homage to Hanover’s rich Dutch Heritage. Originally known as “McAllister’s town,” after a renowned innkeeper who helped lay out the town, Hanover was the place of settlement for numerous immigrants from the Palatine and Rhineland districts of Germany in the 1700s. It is said that land in the area resembled that of their homeland back in Germany and therefore felt most like home.

Hanover is currently home to more than 55,000 residents and it known as one of the largest retail districts and manufacturing regions in the state of Pennsylvania. According to the Chamber of Commerce, it was the German characteristics and hard-working efforts in craftsmanship that helped to establish the economy in what is now known as Hanover, PA. In 1791, President George Washington came to visit the town and was impressed by the many “good brick houses and mechanics,” that went into building them. And the original German spirit is still alive today!

This festival is an excellent way to pay tribute to Hanover’s German heritage. Starting promptly at 9 a.m. and lasting on through 4 p.m., the festival will include live, authentic German entertainment throughout the day including music, dancing and more. Delight in the deliciousness of genuine German goodies, beverages and fare. More than 330 vendors in food and craft will be set up ready and waiting for you. Special children’s events and even a classic car show will also be going on, on site, during the festival.

A free shuttle service will be provided throughout the duration of the festival, starting at 8 a.m. and concluding its run at 4:15 p.m. Visitors to the festival are welcome to park in the lot at 1150 Carlisle Street (near the Tractor Supply Company) or 1019 Baltimore Street (between Ollie’s and Weis) and take the shuttle to the festival site.

In addition to the fun in the square, surrounding businesses will be offering tours. The Amish Markets of Hanover will offer 15 minute tours starting at 9 a.m. and lasting through 7 p.m. All visitors will receive coupons, a tote bag, and market vendors information. Other places you can tour to get a behind the scene’s look of operations include Apple Collision Center, Chick-fil-A, Columbia Cottage, Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, the YMCA of Hanover, the Hanover Fire Museum, the Hanover Historical Society, Hanover Home and Garden, Snyder’s of Hanover and several others.

For more information on the Annual Dutch Festival and the July 26, 2014 schedule, visit

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