Across the street from Kunkle Park is the site of what was once the Fort Hand. This colonial fort led a brief yet exciting tenure in colonial life until its dismantling. Today all that is left to mark the existence of this frontier fort is a four ton boulder and the annual Fort Hand Festival. Held at Kunkle Park, the Fort Hand Festival is focused on community enrichment with an eye placed loosely on the past. As cool a historical marker the bronze emblazoned boulder certainly is, it’s hard to beat a three day festival!
The mission of the Fort hand Festival is to provide a friendly environment for children and families and to that extent they certainly succeed. Over the weekend there are plenty of great children’s activities like t-shirt coloring, potted tree planting for to take home, and rub on tattoos, or games like a cool hockey take on shuffle board. The kickball tournament for grade school children is a very popular event and karate demonstrations always prove exciting. There are also clowns and children’s mascots roaming the grounds.
For young and old alike there are fun carnival rides set up all weekend at the Fort Hand Festival. There is also a craft show with nearly a hundred food, craft, and community club booths. Saturday night is fireworks, and on Sunday only are the flea market and the Chinese auction. One of the more interesting caveats to the festival is the Quilt Documentation Project. This nationally funded project is a great opportunity for visitors to bring their quilts and for a small fee to be documented in a national database to help tell our history through the quilts that have been made.
Admission is free and Parking is free.