Fall DuffieldFest is set for Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 10 AM to 5 PM. There will food, crafts, artisans, and upcyclers. The event is rain or shine.
Catch the high energy of JESTER, who will take the Hip Gypsy Stage from 1-4 PM, playing current and classic rock. Dancing is always welcome!
DuffieldFest and Hip Gypsy Emporium are in the former Duffield School, located amid the beautiful farmland along the base of South Mountain, 2168 Mont Alto Road.
The 1930s, brick school served tens of thousands of elementary students from the 1930s until 2008. Step back to another time—a classroom with a black board. Then, enjoy shopping the treasures of Hip Gypsy and visiting artists and crafters outdoors.
Hip Gypsy is still accepting.vendors. Download an application for more information.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is holding a Tourism Summit at the 11/30 Visitors Center on September 26, 8 AM to Noon. It will recap FCVB’s first year in the new visitors center, look ahead to 2020, and provide tourism partners an opportunity to share highlights of their organization or business. The goal is to share and learn and expand the footprint of tourism in Franklin County.
Keynote speaker Mickey Schaefer will present Driving Tourism Through Quality Experience. The presentation will help summit participants to understand strategies to make visitors experiences better. A good visitor experience is the way to bring more visitors, return visitors, and increase spending throughout the county. Schaefer is the founder of The EXPERIENCE Institute, a companion of the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program, and is an inductee into the Events Industry Council’s Hall of Fame.
Tourism brings $350 million in visitors spending to Franklin County’s economy and generates nearly $1 million in room tax that supports heritage, culture, agricultural and recreational vitality. To frame tourism’s importance and integrated value in both an economic and quality of life perspective, a panel discussion will follow the keynote. Panelists include Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corporation, Katie Hess of South Mountain Partnership, Matthew Ross of Southcentral PA Works, Janet Pollard of Franklin County Visitors Bureau, and Mickey Schaefer.
The public, non-profits, and tourism-related or tourism-supporting businesses are welcome. There is no charge to register. Contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or visit Eventbrite to register.