York County’s 18th Annual Pawpaw Fest

Presented by UPMC and the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education

Join us for the 18th annual York County Pawpaw Festival – an outdoor, family-friendly festival celebrating York County’s beloved pawpaw.

Pawpaws are the largest edible fruit native to the Eastern United States. This delectable fruit grows in abundance right here in the Susquehanna River region.

York County’s Pawpaw Festival will be held on September 24th & 25th from 10am-3pm at the Horn Farm Center.

At the event, pawpaw fruit (both wild and cultivated varieties) and trees will be available for purchase. Other pawpaw related items will be available including pawpaw cookbooks, books, and t-shirts.  In addition, the festival will feature local food vendors, artisans, and community organizations. Fresh produce from the Horn Farm, native plants, jams, jellies, honey, and more will be for sale. Visitors will also enjoy tours of the farm and pawpaw orchard. 

Things will be a little different this year, due to the 2021 farmhouse fire. However, the festivities will go on! Horn Road will be closed to local traffic at the intersections of Millstone Road and Tracey School Road. Festival-goers will be asked to enter at Millstone Road only and exit towards Tracey School Road Only.

As a fundraiser for the Horn Farm Center, we are requesting a $5.00 donation at the door.

All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center. All pawpaw fruits, trees, produce, and vendor products will be available while supplies last. RAIN OR SHINE!

The York County Pawpaw Festival is part of York County Watershed Week in partnership with the Watershed Alliance of York.

2022 Vendors

  • 4 Herb & 7 Spices Ago
  • Aplacas of York/Soap Treasures
  • Audubon York Chapter (Sunday only)
  • BeeBees All Natural
  • Calyx Native Nursery (Sunday only)
  • Candi J. Duda Stained Glass & Garden Art
  • Character Coffee
  • Eastern High School Spanish Club
  • Future Forest Plants
  • Gardener of the Owl Valley
  • Gino’s Nursery
  • Heart and Hands Homemade
  • Heartwood Nursery
  • Historic Wrightsville
  • Horn Farm Center
  • Josh Brandstadter (author: The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy)
  • Joy-Full Creations from Joyful ViBraytions (Saturday only) 
  • Kilgore Family Farm
  • Lancaster Composting Co-Ops
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Leg Up Farm
  • Locally Seasoned
  • Native Roots Farm Foundation (Sunday only)
  • Nomadic Inspiration
  • Off the Beaten Path Nursery
  • Ort Family Farm
  • Penn State Extension: Native Plant Habitat Team
  • Stoney’s Burgers and Fries
  • Swallowtail Forest Farm (Saturday only)
  • The Sweet Botanist (Saturday only)
  • Virtue Local Art Market
  • Watershed Alliance of York
  • West Shore Wildlife Center
  • Wildwood Lavender Farm
  • York County Solid Waste Authority (Saturday only)
  • York Hiking Club (Saturday only) 
  • York Water Company
  • Lancaster Conservancy
  • Nomadic Inspiration
  • Lancaster Composting Co-Op
  • York County Solid Waste Authority (Saturday Only)
  • Future Forest Plants
  • Eastern High School Spanish Club
  • Leg Up Farmers Market

Cash & Credit Cards will be accepted dependent upon individual vendors. No ATM on site.


Community Art Project Happening at Pawpaw Fest!

From 11:00am–2:30pm on Saturday, September 24th, stop by the Joyful ViBRAYtions tent for a community weaving project using repurposed materials and nature-gifted items sourced from the Horn Farm. Festival participants can stop by at any time to see woven art in action and contribute to an original, spontaneous project reflecting the Horn Farm’s community-rooted values. The resulting artwork will be displayed on Sunday and will be celebrated in the Horn Farm Center’s new building once it is reconstructed. 

York Water Company will be providing drinking water during the event. Please bring your own reusable water bottles!

Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will also be available on site. If you are sick or recovering, please stay home. 


We Need Your Help!

We are looking for volunteers to help with many activities during the event including setting up, parking, and helping at the registration table. If you are able to help out that weekend, please sign up!


Our Sponsors

The 2022 Pawpaw Festival is supported by local businesses who believe in our mission to connect soil, food, and people in ways that improve the health and resilience of our community. We thank the following sponsors for supporting regenerative agriculture and education at the Horn Farm Center:

 

We also thank the following businesses for supporting our fundraising efforts:

  • Shank’s Mare
  • Stauffers of Kissel Hill
  • Wegmans
  • Calyx Native Nursery
  • Brown’s Orchards
  • Ken’s Gardens