One for the record books


With more events, 25 vendors, a beer garden and world-record attempt, Lancaster Printers Fair hits streets of downtown Sept. 14-15


The Lancaster Printers Fair kicks off Friday night Sept. 14 on Penn Square with demos, live music, a silent auction and a fundraising event at the downtown Isaac’s Deli. On Saturday, Sept. 15 the celebration moves to the 300 Block of North Queen Street with a street fair, beer garden and world-record printing attempt.

Fair Logo 02The sixth Lancaster Printers Fair will be one for the record books as new events — including a world record attempt — will be added to the Sept. 14 and 15 printing event for all ages in downtown Lancaster.

To launch the fair, “Printing on Penn Square” will feature a number of activities on Penn Square Friday evening from 6 to 8:30 including a demonstration by nationally known Itinerant Printer Chris Fritton, the chance to print a custom coaster with the Heritage Press Museum, print a custom T-shirt with Foxduck, grab a special printmakers’ cocktail at nearby Shot and Bottle and help raise funds for the .918 Club’s education center by participating in a chance auction of prizes donated by local businesses.

Lancaster Printers Fair Sept 14-15, 2018 - Screen Printing Demo

Demonstrations and hands-on activities will be available at the sixth annual Lancaster Printers Fair in downtown Lancaster Sept. 14 and 15.

On Saturday, as a part of the “Printers Fair” which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to set a new world record for printing with potatoes provided by Four Seasons Produce, Ephrata. The world record attempt between noon and 3 p.m. will be to print with 500 potatoes and is open to all ages. Participants will design and cut their own potato on site prior to printing.

New this year, a beer garden presented by Wacker Brewing Co., will feature a new brew called “Poor Richard’s Ale” using a recipe by Benjamin Franklin, a pioneering printer in 1700s Philadelphia. A percentage of the sales of the ale and other available craft beers will go to finishing construction at the .918 Club’s Heritage Press Education Center on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster.

“The Printers Fair is the largest of its kind on the East Coast,” says Ken Kulakowsky, president of the nonprofit .918 Club, which organizes the annual event. “The fair is a wonderful way to witness history and the future at the same time. Letterpress and other forms of printing are widely popular and examples can be seen everywhere in society.”
Kulakowsky said this annual celebration of the art of printing wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors Jet USA Corp., the 300 Block of North Queen Street merchants, and Four Seasons Produce.

Saturday’s street fair will be held on the closed-to-traffic 300 block of North Queen Street, where all nearby merchants will remain open for business. The street will be filled with vendors from across the region, printing demonstrations, food trucks, live music and the record-setting potato printing.

The letterpress event started in 2013 as a nod to Lancaster’s place in printing history and features vendors and suppliers of letterpress equipment, foundry type, cards, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and more. In addition to the fair, there will also be demonstrations nearby in the Heritage Press Museum’s 1920s print shop, 346 N. Queen St., as well as activities for kids.

The event is free to the public and any money raised will benefit the nonprofit .918 Club’s ongoing efforts to the education and preservation of letterpress printing.

2018 Lancaster Printers Fair

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018
WHAT: Printing on Penn Square
WHEN: 6-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: 38 Penn Square, Lancaster, Pa. (outside Visitors Center)
DETAILS: The Itinerant Printer presentation, hands-on printing activities and gallery shows
COST: Free

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018
WHAT: Street Fair on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Lancaster
WHEN: 11a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: On the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pa. (closed to vehicle traffic)
DETAILS: Vendors from across the region will sell printing supplies and handmade products. Local food also will be available for purchase, as well as a beer garden by Lancaster’s Wacker Brewing Co.
PARKING: $5 all day parking passes for the North Queen Street garage
LEARN: Live demonstrations in the Heritage Press Museum’s working 1920s print shop

Lancaster Printers Fair Sept 14-15, 2018 - Potato Printing

Create your own design in a potato and then use it to print during the world record attempt Saturday, Sept. 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

World-Record Potato Printing
WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15
WHERE: On the 300 Block of North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pa. (closed to vehicle traffic)
DETAILS: 500 participants will design and cut a potato to be used to collectively print and set a world record for most people printing with a potato

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s