January 7 through 14, half a million people will descend on Harrisburg for this 101-year-old annual tradition. If you're driving, skip the rest stop coffee and use this road trip as an opportunity to explore the state. No matter what direction you're coming from, we've got you covered.
It's time to rethink this iconic Pennsylvania county. Sure, there are still soft pretzels and bucolic landscapes, but there are also cutting-edge companies, an amazing farm-to-table food scene, resurgent towns and a thriving urban center.
What started as a young couple's dream has grown into a cheesemaking juggernaut, shipping its gorgeous products all over the country and welcoming hungry Pennsylvanians to its restaurant and shop in Spring Grove.
Looking for some refreshment in the Poconos? Look no further than this eatery and microbrewery in Lehighton (about five miles from Jim Thorpe). Owner Frank Potoczak is serving up 16 types of suds alongside bar food classics and Polish specialties like kielbasa and haluski.
The fast growing organic food company recently announced that it is raising wages (to more than double the Pennsylvania standard), and setting aside 30 percent of the company for its workers. It's all part of the founders' mission to address poverty in Lancaster City.
The State has taken a first step towards modernizing its liquor laws with a new measure that will allow wine sales in grocery stores for the first time since Prohibition. But don't pop a cork just yet.
Every year, this four-acre plot in Southwest Philadelphia produces 12,000 pounds of food, welcomes 10,000 school kids, employs 22 high school interns, hosts 45 families in a community garden, distributes 80,000 seedlings, supplies 50 farmstands and welcomes 1500 volunteers. And that's only the beginning.
This beloved annual event (running August 19-27) is the largest encampment in the country and a big economic boon to the region. Families wait for years to earn one of the fair's coveted tent spots. Now, thanks to a new equestrian center, the fun lasts all year long.