Summer festivals provide food, entertainment and attractions in York County

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy food and live entertainment at fairs, festivals and events scheduled in York County.

Here’s a list of what’s going to happen:

Multicultural festival of St. Mary

When: Friday June 7 and Saturday June 8

Opening hours: Friday from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: 309 S. George St. in York

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The event, formerly known as St. Mary’s York Hispanic Festival, is traditionally held on Father’s Day weekend, which has caused conflict for some families, according to a news release. Organizers decided to hold it earlier this year.

“As a pastor, I am fully immersed in both the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities, but this festival is a wonderful opportunity for the two communities to come together over their shared faith, their shared commitment to our church and everyone’s love of good food,” Rev. John Kuchinski said in the release.

The festival will feature food from various Spanish-speaking countries, live music, dancing, children’s activities and more, the release said. Traditional American carnival food will also be available.

Open house historic mills

When: Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9

Opening hours: To vary

Where: See below

Three historic mills in southern York County will be open to the public this weekend, according to a news release.

They are:

New park wind engine: The site features two rare Aermotor power mills with open gears, the release said. It is open Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm. It is located at 290 Woolen Mill Road in Fawn Township.

Wallace Cross Mill: The York County-owned park is home to a small, rural, water-powered grist mill with a surplus water wheel, the release said. The mill located at 15759 Cross Mill Road in East Hopewell Township is open Saturdays from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM and Sundays from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

Muddy Creek Forks Roller Mills: This mill is part of the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village, 5 miles south of Brogue. The mill and grain silo are open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Juneteenth Family Cookout

When: Saturday June 15

Opening hours: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Penn Park in York

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The City of York is hosting the second annual Juneteenth Family Cookout.

According to a news release, families are invited to bring their grills and favorite foods to the free large community cookout. The event will include a Kids Fun Zone, Black-owned businesses, games and entertainment.

Families can register by emailing [email protected]. Vendors can register their space by emailing [email protected].

The federal holiday is celebrated on Wednesday, June 19. Juneteenth commemorates the day enslaved African Americans were emancipated.

WellSpan, Highmark Wholecare, the YMCA and the York branch of the NAACP are sponsoring the event.

Penn-Mar Irish Festival

When: Saturday June 15

Opening hours: 10:30 am to 9:00 pm

Where: The Shrewsbury Markets, 12025 Susquehanna Trail South, Shrewsbury Township

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This year marks the 22nd annual Penn-Mar Irish Festival. Entertainers include Eileen Ivers, Screaming Orphans, Susquehanna Pipes and Drums and the Emigsville Band.

The event includes Irish food, Irish dancers, cultural talks, children’s activities and more.

Firemen’s Carnival in Shrewsbury

When: Monday June 24 to Saturday June 29

Opening hours: Open every evening at 5:30 PM

Where: 21 W. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury (entry via Playground Avenue at North Main Street)

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The Shrewsbury Fireman’s Carnival is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. It offers rides, games, nightly entertainment and more. One of the Budweiser Clydesdales will be there on Thursday, June 27 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

There will be a fireworks show on Friday, June 28 at 10 p.m. A parade will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 2:30 PM.

New Freedom Lions Club Carnival

When: Monday July 1 to Saturday July 6

Opening hours: 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Where: Marge Goodfellow Park, playground alley 1

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The carnival includes food, bingo, a raffle, rides, entertainment and more. Fireworks will be let off on Friday, July 5 at 10:30 PM. The rain date is Saturday, July 6.

Mason Dixon Scholarship

When: Monday July 8 to Saturday July 13

Opening hours: Daily from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Where: 6988 Delta Road, Peach Bottom Township

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The fair in southeastern York County exhibits farm animals and offers a variety of events, including antique tractor pulls and skid steer rodeos.

Jefferson Carnival

When: Monday July 15 to Saturday July 20

Opening hours: Opens at 5:30 PM

Where: Sportsman Clubweg 4707

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The event features food, rides and live entertainment.

York County Community Band Festival

When: Sunday, July 28 (Rain date is Sunday, August 11)

Opening hours: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Where: Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane, Manchester Township

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Listen to the performance of four traditional community bands from the 19th century:

  • The Emigsville Band
  • Brodbecksband
  • Red Lion-Felton Band
  • Twin Roses community bond

“These bands are an integral part of our local culture and have provided music and entertainment for generations,” said Michael Kirk, assistant director of The Emigsville Band, in an email. “This festival is not just a concert; it is a celebration of the lasting legacy of community bands in our region.”

The festival will feature food trucks, crafts, vendors and more.

Wellsville Fire Company

When: Thursday August 15 to Saturday August 17

Opening hours: The doors to the dining room open every evening at 5 p.m.

Where: 95 Community Street, Wellsville

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The carnival will consist of food, rides, games and entertainment.

Dover Fire Department Scholarship

When: Thursday August 29 to Monday September 2

Opening hours: Meals start at 4:00 PM

Where: 30 East Canal Street, Dover

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The fair offers food, rides, games, bingo, displays and entertainment. Some of the food includes chicken corn chowder, roast beef casseroles, turkey pot pie, and fish or hamburger dinners.

Entertainment includes country and bluegrass music, as well as Jesse Garron’s “A Tribute to Elvis.”