previous job, I had two very interesting customers. One customer was Playboy.com and while I’d
hoped to have to visit their headquarters, alas, the opportunity never came. The other interesting customer was the Hershey
Candy Company in
there to do some work! They were
wonderful people and they gave me several pounds of “test candy” to take home
with me. I think I was the first
non-employee to try their new caramel Hershey’s kiss. It was quite tasty and I brought home 5lbs
from their generous marketing dept. Anyway,
the good folks of the lower
great lessons from the Pennsylvania Dutch and they really know their
candy. The folks of
find the Great Gooey Marshmallow Festival!
Dates: Late August, Early September
Closest Big Cities:
Star of the show: Marshmallows!
Events: Parade, Dance, Marshmallow Roast
(at night, of course), Marshmallow games and bake off, Pedal Tractor Pull,
rides at the Midway.
Music: All kinds!
Pageantry: Marshmallow Queen
Duration: Four Days
more history about the town of
than about the festival, actually. There
are no less than five major festivals in this town every year and apparently,
people travel from all points of the
to party “small town style” in
“Strawberry Valley Days.” It was created
with a simple mission in mind, “to celebrate life in
What’s so special about Ligonier? The mystery builds
Ligonier settlers first arrived, there were barrels of wild strawberries
growing along the
Strawberries to marshmallows is anyone’s guess.
Rumors persist that the “Kidd & Company” candy corp. had the name
changed (they manufactured marshmallows in the town at one time) to boost sales
of their marshmallows. Personally, I
prefer Strawberries since they don’t have to be “manufactured” at all, just
picked by the riverside!
activities still revolve around a marshmallow theme and there are plenty of
parades, arts and crafts, contests, games, feats of strength, and festival food
for all! Be on the lookout for juicy
pork burgers, crispy elephant ears, homemade ice cream, and more marshmallow
treats and candies than your stomach can “stomach!”
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