It was back in 1905 that
the Kutztown Fair Association was created and the
fairgrounds were moved to the current site. For 34 years
prior to that there were annual fairs held on grounds
located on the south side of Kutztown in an area bounded
by Whiteoak Street and Baldy Street. Those fairs were
organized and conducted by the Keystone Agricultural and
Horticultural Society. Even prior to the existence of
the Society the residents of Kutztown and surrounding
areas could attend "fair like" events but
records show that they were a bit disorganized and at
times on the "brawny" side. Some of the very
early events were called "Battalion Days" and
were attended by members of militia and
With the "new"
fairgrounds opening in 1905, Kutztown quickly became
well known for its superior racetrack. Horsemen from all
over the country claimed that Kutztown’s ˝ mile track
was second to none. Over the years several records were
broken on this track. In 1942 the grandstand burned down
and auto racing took the place of horseracing. Auto
racing continued until a fatal racing accident in 1947
ended racing for several decades. During the 1990’s
auto racing resumed with smaller cars on a smaller
racetrack. So once again you can enjoy racing at
By 1915 the Kutztown Fair
was considered one of the major events of Berks County
and people came from far and wide by railroad, trolley,
and horse. Admission was $.25 per carriage plus $.25 per
rider. In addition to agricultural displays, schools and
children were encouraged to enter educational exhibits.
Premiums often were items such as an alarm clock, ˝ ton
of coal, horse shod free, or a pair of trousers.
Today, the Kutztown
Fairgrounds has become home to the Pennsylvania German
Festival, which is held in late June and early July.
This well-known festival is a cooperative venture
between the Kutztown Fair Association and Kutztown
University. The Fairgrounds also hosts many other events
throughout the year, including dog shows, public sales,
car shows and other social events.
Over the last 100 years
the Kutztown Fair has changed with the times and grown
considerably. Each year the Kutztown Fair Association
looks to improve our fine little fair. The next 100 years promises to be
even better than the last 100.
We ask that you remember
all the businesses, groups, and individuals who
volunteer their resources to help make the fair a
respectfully thank them and, at the same time, encourage
you to take notice of their efforts and patronize them.