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Thousands attend 44th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Hoffer Park

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 6/12/19

Middletown Area Historical Society’s Arts & Crafts Fair returned once again to Hoffer Park on Saturday, offering something for just about everyone.

This year’s 44th annual event …

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Thousands attend 44th annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Hoffer Park

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Middletown Area Historical Society’s Arts & Crafts Fair returned once again to Hoffer Park on Saturday, offering something for just about everyone.

This year’s 44th annual event featured roughly 100 craft vendors and 14 food vendors offering everything from folk art to silk scarves and funnel cakes to pickles. Live music, a cake-baking contest, a car show, plus pony rides and a magic show for children also were on tap for the day.

New was a daylong shuttle service provided by Rohrer Bus Service of Duncannon. Fairgoers could park at Fink Elementary School on Race Street and catch a shuttle to and from the fair.

Event organizer Jenny Miller, a historical society trustee, said she expected around 3,000 fairgoers total, the same as last year.

Miller said it takes the committee around six months to plan the yearly event, which is the society’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Miller and volunteer Mike Dalton were the chief organizers but a dozen other volunteers helped.

Volunteers begin preparations two days in advance, with most vendors setting up early Saturday.

“It’s just fun to see it all come together,” Miller said.