York County’s 17th Annual Pawpaw Fest

Presented by the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education & 7group

Join us for the 17th 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 18th & 19th 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. 

Admission is free. A $5.00 pawpaw tasting box, which will include up to 6 different pawpaw varieties, will be available for those who would like to taste test various pawpaw varieties. All proceeds support local regenerative agriculture practices and education programs at the Horn Farm Center. All pawpaw fruits, trees, tasting boxes, 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. Watershed Alliance volunteers will be leading a tree planting activity at 1:00pm each day of the festival. Visitors are encouraged to get their hands dirty by planting trees in the Horn Farm Center’s new riparian buffer. 

Vendors Include:

  • The Gardener of the Owl Valley
  • Horn Farm Center
  • Heartwood Nursery
  • Gino’s Nursery
  • Locally Seasoned
  • Noble Earth Kombucha
  • Watershed Alliance of York
  • Kilgore Family Farm
  • Betsy’s Flowers at the Farm
  • The Fertrell Co.
  • Ort Family Farm
  • Alpacas of York
  • Dough & Arrows (Sunday Only)
  • 4 Herbs & 7 Spices Ago (Sunday Only)

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

In order to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, vendors, volunteers and staff, we ask that all participants bring and wear masks, especially in crowds, when 6 ft. social distancing is not possible. We will have masks on hand if you forget yours. Hand sanitizer and hand washing stations will also be available on site. If you are sick or recovering, please stay home. 

The 2021 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:

And supported by:

  • Shank’s Mare
  • Evolution Power Yoga
  • Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill
  • Knaper’s Stop & Go

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!