The Gratz Fair Assn. has partnered with UPOD Events/WQLV-fm, Millersburg, for our 5th wine festival fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, June 18, 2016. This fundraiser, held on a Father's Day weekend, is in support of our queen and scholarship programs, and the queen's travel throughout the area and her participation in the state queen competition. Look for exciting updates to the 2016 event in late 2015/early 2016.
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.