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100-year tradition continues at Kutztown Day

Kutztown Day has been an annual tradition held in the Kutztown Park for more than 100 years.

Since 1907, Kutztown Day has brought together friends and families on the first Sunday in August for a fun-filled day of concerts, activities and picnics in celebration of the Borough of Kutztown and the surrounding areas. This tradition has only been interrupted briefly for a few years during WWII and recently, in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kutztown Day returns to Kutztown Park on Aug. 7.

The Kutztown Day committee, lead by Chairman Andrew Schlegel, has been hard at work to provide a great day for all in the Kutztown Park.

The all-day event held from noon to 9:30 p.m. features a new lineup of free concerts, food vendors throughout the park grounds, games, events and activities and displays for all ages, concluding with a firework show.

At 12:45 p.m. in the Park Bandshell, Mayor James Schlegel will give the opening remarks prior to the first concert by Swing Fever Band 1 to 3 p.m. The Happy Dutchmen German Band will be strolling throughout the park grounds from 3 to 6 p.m. Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods perform on the bandshell stage from 6 to 8 p.m.

Food vendors include Brass Rail steak sandwiches, Johnny’s Pizza, Phil’s French Fries, Jerry’s Ice Cream, the Saucony Creek Grill park restaurant, Kutztown Boy Scouts Walking Tacos and more.

Various organizations and groups will sponsor events, games and demonstrations throughout the park from noon to 8 p.m., including Max’s Moon Bounce, Bingo in the Scooter Building, Optimist Club Hit-Pitch & Run, Cake Walk, Quoit Tournament with sign-ups at 1 p.m. and tournament to follow, Kutztown Strong sponsored children‘s games, “Gaga Ball” game for youth hosted by Oasis, Cornerstone Church’s Corn Hole, Kutztown Fire Company fire safety activities, Kutztown Police Department Kinner Cards, disc golf competition, and others still being planned.  Throughout the day, Nova Productions provides DJ services and announcements as needed.

Prior to the firework show, Marvelous Marv & The Shoe Throwers, a local crowd favorite, will play classic rock from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the lower park area near the Timothy Breidegam Memorial Legion Field.

As the primary fundraiser for the Kutztown Day event, raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the day, with cash prize drawings held at 9 p.m. in the lower park area prior to the National Anthem at 9:15 p.m., and the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

The Kutztown Day Committee would like to thank and recognize the sponsors and supporters for the event. Without their manpower, financial support and cooperation, Kutztown Day would not be possible:  Borough of Kutztown, Kutztown Police Department, Kutztown Fire Company, Kutztown F.O.E. #839, Kutztown Lions Club, Optimist Club of Kutztown, Kutztown Rotary Club, The Hobos, Kutztown Area Historical Society; the Kutztown Community Library, Kutztown Boy Scout Troop #101, The Windsor Press, Oasis, Cornerstone Church, and all the dedicated Committee members that work to make this possible.

Source: Berkshire mont

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