In an effort to keep a vibrant Competitive Exhibits Program, our 3rd music and wine festival fundraiser will take place on Saturday, June 7, 2014 [event hours TBA]. At the fair, exhibitors compete for prize money, ribbons, or merely enjoy the competition. The following list are only samples of this competitiveness – livestock, hay & grain, vegetables & herbs, fruits & nuts, baked & canned goods, floral, needlecraft, arts & crafts, grange exhibits, contests, wine, apiary & maple, and more. This can involve both young (4-H, FFA, youth) and old alike!
We are soliciting sponsors to defray some of the cost in hosting a music and wine festival. Click [here after December 1st] to access the 2014 sponsor info/form. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Thanks to our 2013 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.