A few must do's when attending this year's Dutchfest at Shalom Christian Academy

John Irwin
Waynesboro Record Herald

Over the years, Shalom Christian Academy's annual Dutchfest has grown in popularity, with crowds coming in to the tune of 5,000 over the years. 

This year celebrates the 44th annual event that starts on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 9 p.m. and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 126 Social Island Road south of Chambersburg.

To make sure you get the most out of Dutchfest, here are a few must do's this weekend. 

First, get a slice of the famous strawberry pie. You can find this delectable treat under the large tent in the center of the event. If you choose, you can purchase one of the 360 pies being made for the two day event.

"What always comes to mind when thinking about Dutchfest is the strawberry pie," said Angie Petersheim administrator for Shalom. "It's all volunteer driven and the pies are made on campus Friday morning." 

Dutchfest is happening this weekend at Shalom Christian Academy.

Second, Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. is the live auction that includes numerous pieces of sports memorabilia and tickets for all your favorite teams around the area. The heifer auction follows later in the evening. 

Third, if you're a Shalom graduate, Friday night is also the unofficial alumni event, where students from years past traditionally come and reunite with classmates from their high school days. 

Fourth, Saturday gets running early with registration for the 5K race starting at 9 a.m. The race steps off at 10 a.m.

If you have little ones with you, don't worry there is something for everyone with craft and children's activities being held throughout the day. 

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"We will have face painting, bounce houses, games and a petting zoo by Country Creek," Petersheim said. "There is always a lot of energy and people are always excited about being together; we have a strong sense of community. Whether you're volunteering or participating or just here for the food, you're welcome." 

This year, Dutchfest will be in full operation for the first time in two years. 

"It's our first Dutchfest since 2019. 2020 was cancelled due to COVID and 2021 we scaled back significantly," Petersheim said. "The funds raised from the event goes toward the general operating fund of Shalom, which includes the upkeep of the property and educational resources and student activities."

The last thing to check out? The craft vendor area in the gym, selling everything from candles to homemade jewelry and direct sales.

"We usually have around 50 craft vendors in the gym area and they do very well having something for everyone that is shopping," Petersheim said.

For more information visit shalomdutchfest.com.