Hinkelfest, Lebanon County’s one and only celebration of the chicken, kicked off last night in Fredericksburg, with LebTown there to commemorate the event.
Longtime event sponsor Bell & Evans is being celebrated this year alongside the event’s namesake bird as the Fredericksburg-based company recognizes its 125th anniversary. Naturally, Bell & Evans products are used in a number of the food offerings available this weekend.
All photos by LebTown photographer Will Trostel.
The entertainment lineup kicked off with the Brian Dean Moore Band and The Uptown Band last night. Pentagon will play Saturday, and Elvis tribute artist Jeff Swider takes the stage on Sunday.
The Northern Lebanon FFA had a petting zoo open last night from 6-9pm with pony rides also available. The petting zoo and pony rides will also be offered Saturday from 3-8pm.
What festival is complete without a few carnival rides?
The event raises money for five organizations: Matthews Public Library, Fredericksburg Fire Company, The American Legion Auxiliary, Fredericksburg Lions Club, and the Fredericksburg Community Association.
According to Hinkelfest president R. Matthew Brace, the event has raised close to half a million dollars for these organizations. The organization also has a donation page on its website for those who want to show their support but can’t attend in person.
A significantly expanded craft and vendor show is also setup at this year’s Hinkelfest with a number of different booths available to browse.
Hinkelfest is being held at Fireman’s Park in Fredericksburg (2652 S Pine Grove St). For a full schedule of events, visit the Hinkelfest website.
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