Live Like a Local : Kutztown Folk Festival

Live Like A Local at the Kutztown Folk Festival
Live Like A Local

Video released on: July 14, 2015

Jennifer: Welcome to this episode of Live Like a Local. I’m your host, Jennifer Mann, and today we’re here at the 66th annual Kutztown folk festival right here at the fair grounds. Come on, lets take a look around. I’m here with Steve at the 66th annual Kutztown folk festival. Steve, whats your position here?

Steve: My official title is executive director of the Kutztown Folk Festival.

Jennifer: I know it’s the oldest, continuously oldest operated folk festival in the country.

Steve: Right, it started back in 1950, so were entering our 66th year. It was put on as a presentation of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture, to present that to the rest of the world, and it instantly drew visitors from all over the country, even international visitors.

Worker: You want just a schnitzel?

Steve: We have our quilt barn. We have approximately 2,500 quilts that are brought in. We display approximately 2,000 of those quilts. We call it the best quilt show in the country.

Worker: Sample, ma’am?

Jennifer: Thank you.

Worker: You’re welcome.

Steve: We have our Pennsylvania Dutch food, great authentic food. Lots of it, all you can eat Pennsylvania Dutch buffets. We have five stages of entertainment. Entertainment for children. We have 200 of the country’s finest craftsmen. Real proud of our traditional craftsmen.

Jennifer: Now Leroy, my family could speak Pennsylvania Dutch, but I have to say, I am completely clueless when it comes to the language, so.

Leroy: All right.

Jennifer: Tell me, where should I begin?

Leroy: Sei so gut.

Jennifer: Sei so gut.

Leroy: Yes. Thank you, Ich bedank mich.

Jennifer: Say that again.

Jennifer: Ich bedank mich.

Leroy: Ich bedank mich, right.

Jennifer: Ich bedank mich.

Leroy: Right.

Jennifer: Ich bedank mich.

Leroy: Ich bedank mich, right.

Jennifer: Ich bedank mich.

Jennifer: Ich bedank mich. I got it! Yeah!

Worker: Would you like a cinnamon bun?

Jennifer: Yeah, I’d love one.

Jennifer: This nine day festival runs until July 5. Ich bedank mich, that means thank you. Thank you for joining us. Now I’m about to eat until I ouch.