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Written by Jennifer Frieze, Correspondent
October 18, 2018

            Returning to the historic downtown Boyertown area, the 2018 Pickfest displayed the finest attributes of Berks County with expanded venues and local

The Tin Roof Drifters entertaining the crowd at the 2018 Pickfest in Boyer-

town this past Saturday on the iconic GMC flatbed.  The truck is the focal 

point of the event at the Rail Yard "Main" Stage.

merchant participation. This festival was a celebration of Americana, rich local heritage, regional agricultural significance, vibrant artistic community, and a nationally historic railroad. The primary location was within a three block downtown area and outlying Frecon Orchards.

            The Boyertown Pickfest Crawl was a popular event this past weekend. The celebration spanned October 12-14th and featured many talented acts across several venues that included eateries, artisan galleries, and unique

Local vendor, Mike Sheridan, set up a table of vinatage guitars and collect-

ibles next to the Pickin' and Kickin' stage.

shops. The whole event was surrounded by local breweries, cideries, wineries, and spirits, and delicious local eats.

            On Saturday afternoon, the Rail Yard "Main" Stage included performances by The Tin Roof Drifters (Formerly known as the Hoppin' Boxcars), the GrasStation, as well as many other acts that entertained on the iconic Pickfest  GMC flatbed pickup.

            This year, the event expanded into the driveway for Ellixson's Tae Kwon Do school. This stage, named Pickin' and Kickin', featured many talented musicians, such as, Steve Walker, Pete Kranz, Grexin, and Uncle Jake. Several stages were setup throughout downtown Boyertown and featured great music and good vibes.

            Celebrating its 12th year, Pickfest has grown from a small gathering in the Orchard of Frecon Farm, to a town-wide festival. In the beginning, it was a seasonal event to pick apples as locals enjoyed the delightful sounds performed by local musicians.

            As the original event grew in size, the creators of Pickfest, expanded it to the heart of downtown Boyertown and put forth an event that encompasses agriculture, music, art, and community.

            Pickfest was presented by Tompkins Vist  Bank.  In addition, many local businesses sponsored the community event.  Admission to Pickfest was complimentary to the event; all food and beverages were pay-as-you-go. This was a dog and family friendly event.  

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September 13, 2018


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