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ROUND-UP: What are the Top Fairs & Festivals to Experience in the HHR?

Published: Mar 15, 2017

If we were forced to limit our answer to only the Top 3 in our region...

HARRISBURG, PA (March 15, 2017) — There are many Fairs & Festivals held annually in Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region. But if asked to limit our recommendation to only the top three to experience, then we believe the following would be a great start to your list.

Once you’ve experienced these, come back and see us for another three recommendations that will be worth visiting in the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

1. Pennsylvania Farm Show

PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, PA.

January 6 – 13, 2018

Web: http://www.showsbee.com/fairs/Pennsylvania-Farm-Show.html

Since 1916, Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region has been home to the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. In 2018 this event will celebrate 102 years as the premier gathering for all aspects of farm and agricultural exhibits and contests. According to the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau, this annual eight-day event draws approximately 600,000 attendees & 300 exhibitors, supports an estimated 18,000 jobs, and generates $95 million for the local economy.

farm show milk shake

2. Kipona Festival

Riverfront Park & City Island in Harrisburg, PA

Held every Labor Day Weekend

This year’s event will be held Saturday, September 2 – 4, 2017

Web: http://harrisburgpa.gov/kipona2016

In 2016, Pennsylvania’s Capital City of Harrisburg marked the 100th Anniversary of their Kipona Festival, which traditionally celebrates the Susquehanna River and the region’s Native American roots every Labor Day Weekend. The festival’s name “Kipona” was derived from an American Indian translation for “Sparking Waters” and many of the festival’s most popular events pay tribute to the art, culture, and food of the Native Americans. Today, this river festival is Harrisburg’s largest special event, attracting more than 50,000 people with family-friendly entertainment focused on fun, food, live entertainment, arts & crafts, interactive games and contests, and always a fireworks finale.

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3. Little Buffalo Festival

Little Buffalo State Park in Newport, PA.

Always held the 1st Saturday in October from Noon to Dusk with FREE Admission.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 7, 2017

Web: http://littlebuffalofestival.com

In the fall of 2017, Little Buffalo State Park in Pennsylvania’s Hershey Harrisburg Region will host this day of free family-friendly entertainment for the 34th year. Highlights include musical performances on three (3) stages, arts & crafts, poetry reading and dance workshops, face painting and children’s activities, kids musical and dance performances. This event is set among the sprawling 923 acres of a pristine historical and recreational State Park, which features a covered bridge, a restored and operating grist mill, 8-miles of walking trails, picnic areas, a large swimming pool with 2 slides and sprayground attraction, and the 88-acre Hollman Lake which is open year-round for limited boating and fishing. The lake was ranked as a Top Place for Family-Friendly Fishing in the U.S. by TakeMeFishing.org.

Family walking with a covered bridge in Little Buffalo State Park PA


Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
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