The Conococheague Institute is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a free community event called ‘Welsh Fest’ on June 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m, and the public is invited.

Executive Director, Matthew Wedd shared his excitement: “We’ve achieved so much growth in recent years, that this opportunity to invite many of our founding members and supporters is treasured. We can’t wait for them to see their living legacy.”

The event will feature live performances of Welsh Music, Food & Craft Vendors, Historic Activities, Games, and more.

Wedd added, “We wanted to create an event that truly showcases the rich history and culture of the Conococheague Institute. We invite the whole community to join us for a day of fun and celebration.”

Highlights of the event include performances by the Rehoboth Welsh Choir, local harpist Lauren Swain and Forbes Road Frolic. Attendees can also learn about Welsh Settlers on the Frontier, bake historic recipes in the Bake Oven, try their hand at archery, compete in traditional games and explore newly unveiled exhibits.

Food and drink will be provided by Antietam Dairy, Michaux Brew Co, Roll Time and various local craft vendors.

“The Conococheague Institute would not be where it is today without the generous support of our sponsors and donors,” said Wedd. “We reached $1 million in our endowment last year. Several founders, including Jim Rogers, Joan McKean and Jane Lakin Hershey, recently passed away. So, we’ll also use this moment to share memories of the members who contributed to our mission but are no longer with us. We are grateful for their contributions.”

Founding members and new visitors are encouraged to attend and learn about the fascinating past and future of the Conococheague Institute.

“We are excited to celebrate 30 years of preserving history and educating the community. The musical performances are going to be a real treat, and it’s all free.”

The event is made possible thanks to sponsors Middletown Valley Bank, F&M Trust, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau, and M&T Bank, as well as donations from supporters.

For more information, call 717-328-2800, visit or contact