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September
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Ephrata PA Fair TractorsEphrata is one of the gems of Lancaster County. This historic community has a rich heritage that the people love to celebrate. If you are looking to discover Ephrata for yourself, make plans to attend the 2014 Ephrata Fair.

 

About Ephrata PA

Ephrata sits in the northeastern portion of Lancaster County. It was founded in the early 1700s by the Germans. Primarily agricultural in nature, the community grew because of its rich, fertile soil, which more and more people.


As the village grew, two resorts, the Mountain Springs and the Mount Vernon House, welcomed visitors. Soon the village became a stopping point for the Reading and Columbia Railroads, continuing to grow over the years. In 1981 it was incorporated.


Over the years, the city has worked to maintain and protect its many historic buildings while also devoting much of its resources to protecting the agricultural heritage of the community. Today, the people of Ephrata take pride in their historic buildings and the agricultural heritage of the community, and this is celebrated in the Ephrata Fair.

 

Details About the 2014 Ephrata Fair


Ephrata PA Fair FoodThe 2014 Ephrata Fair brings together the agricultural community in and around Ephrata. The fair will take place September 23 through September 27. This is the 96th annual Fair, and will promote and educate about the agricultural heritage. The Ephrata Fair is the largest Street Fair in the state, and something the community of Ephrata is proud of.


Like all fairs, the Ephrata Fair will have a Midway with rides, games and all of the fried fair food you could want. There are fun rides for the kids and thrill rides for teenagers and adults. Purchasing wristbands ahead of time lets you enjoy your fill of the fun.

 

Get in on the Fun in a Parade

One of the highlights of the Ephrata Fair is the parades. On Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., the floats, fire trucks, marching bands, homecoming queens and baton twirlers made by area schools and businesses will take to the street. You can set up a chair along the parade route any time after 12 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the parade to reserve your spot. On parade night, the town will be taking non-perishable food donations to help needy local families. Then on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., moms, dads and grandparents are invited to bring their babies and decorate their strollers for the annual baby parade. If you can handle the cuteness, you will want to set up early to watch this parade.

 

Visit Tent City to Experience the Agricultural Side of Ephrata

Ephrata's agricultural side will be on display at Tent City in Grater Park. Here events, exhibits and animals will all be available for you to explore. Check out the entries for the 4-H and FFA contests and see the animals raised by local farmers.

If the agricultural heritage and history of Ephrata is appealing to you, then it's time to consider purchasing your own home in Ephrata. Homesale Realty knows the area well and is ready to help you in your home search. Contact us today to learn more about buying a home in Ephrata, PA.

February
13

Ephrata PA Ephrata CloisterFrom it's early start as a religious hideaway for the strictly devout to its contemporary status as a living vintage town, Ephrata PA is unique blend of quiet history, developing industry, bustling arts and entertainment, and great place to call home.

The Ephrata Cloister

Originally settled in 1732 by Conrad Beissel, a German native who left his homeland to find spiritual freedom in America, the Cloister began as a small group of individuals committed to following a spiritual lifestyle that included remaining celibate and enjoying few comforts. At its height, the community was thriving with almost 80 core members that were supported by more than 200 family members in the surrounding area.

Alongside their daily spiritual rituals, the Cloister ran a modern water-powered saw mill, grain mill, paper mill, and an oil mill. They also ran a German printing press, operated a clock making shop, and planted and harvested flax to spin into linen thread that was woven into cloth to form the monastic robes that were worn. Many of the buildings, materials, and original machinery remain today.

The community declined after the death of its leader in 1768, and today the remaining structures are owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They have been restored to their original conditions and tours and special programs are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Outside of the Cloister

In the early 1800s, Ephrata PA became known as a popular resort area. Travelers would come by train to enjoy the fresh country air and healing waters at the Mountain Springs Hotel. Over the years, the population of the town grew and a bustling downtown area developed that included shops and boutiques, a live theatre, restaurants, and lodging for out-of-town visitors.

Living in Ephrata PA Today

Today, Ephrata PA is home to one of the largest farmer's markets in the country. The thriving downtown area is home to more than 100 businesses that provide not just goods and services, but an abundance of places to work. The streets, lined with paved sidewalks and antique lamp posts, are shared with the horse-drawn carriages of the Mennonite and Amish neighbors.

The residential areas are a delightful mix of historic buildings and newer homes to offer a truly unique vintage life with all of the modern conveniences to make it comfortable. The population in the area is steadily growing and the community has an excellent public school system to support its youngest members along with a modern Performing Arts Center, Recreation Center, and over 322 acres of parks and outdoor facilities.

If you're ready to become a part of the history of Ephrata PA, contact Prudential Homesale Services Group for help finding your next home.

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