The Gratz Fair Assn. has partnered with WQLV 98.9fm, Millersburg, for our 5th wine festival that will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016. This fundraiser, held on a Father's Day weekend, benefits our scholarship and queen programs.
The scholarship program, begun in the early '90s, has as its' purpose to support community thru educational financial assistance. To date, 128 recipients have received $64,000.
The queen contest/program had been an integral part of the fair's program from 1955 thru 1974. It then laid dormant until 1993, when the queen contest/program was rekindled with its' primary goals being to support/promote our fair and agriculture. The queen's duties arent' over after the fair! The queen travels/participates in various events, at schools and parades only to name a few. Then, there is the state queen competition, and finally comes full circle at the next fair and queen contest.
We are soliciting sponsors to defray some of the cost in hosting the wine festival. Click [here] to access the 2016 sponsor info/form. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Thanks to our 2015 sponsors, listed above.
In addition, we are in need of volunteers for the event, plus more the day of the event for the numerous tasks at hand. Give us a call, drop us an email or by whatever means to let us know of your interest.
Many wonder where the name "Wildcat Ridge" came from for the festival?
Prior to the layout of the town of Gratz, this 325 acres was known as "Wildcat Ridge (Hill)."
In 1811, Simon Gratz, a wealthy Philadelphia native, had made a survey and the general plan was prepared. By 1815, the first recorded lot was sold by Simon Gratz in the newly established Gratztown. Within several years, a number of houses were built by an influx of German settlers. Many of these settlers were skilled craftsmen whose trades were useful to their neighbors and the farmers who had settled in the surrounding Lykens Valley.
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