We find this hard to believe, and it’s incredible if true: the Cherry Fair in Schaefferstown, Pennsylvania is said to go back to the 1700s! Presumably they skipped a few years since that first fair for, say, the Revolutionary War or something. The fair, these days, is held at the circa 1736 Historic Schaeffer Farm, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2011.
The fair features all sorts of things cherry to eat but word on the street is you have to get there early to score one of the homemade cherry pies. The Early American Craft portion of the fair refers to the skilled artisans who will demonstrate many of the crafts and farm activities typical of the 18th and 19th centuries — you’ll see an old sawmill in action, blacksmithing, and wool spinning. Traditional folk performers will entertain and wagon rides will be offered. There’s even a cherry pit spitting competition. You can also tour the Schaeffer Farm House. For more information, see the festival website.