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Harrisburg >> Participating in the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Show Cider Competition, Frecon’s Cidery Inc. took first place in the Wood Aged category for its “Hogshead” blend and third place in the Sour category for its “Farmhouse Sour.”

“The Hogshead is actually my personal favorite hard cider that we make,” said Josh Smith of Frecon Farms. “In my opinion, it has the most character. It’s a blend of Stayman Winesap apples that we grow and crab apples that we grow — so it’s 100 percent from our orchard. It’s one of the only ones we age on Oak. It’s got great body and great character. We’re pretty happy that we won the blue ribbon for that one.”

In regards to the Sour category third place winner, Smith said the Farmhouse Sour is one of the two-year products the cidery makes. It must be aged for two years before it is bottled.
The cidery entered a few blends into the competition. Smith said they were unable to enter their best seller — Crabby Granny — because they were sold out of it at the time of the contest entry, but there’s always next year.

“This is the first year that the farm show shed a spotlight on Pennsylvania cider, said Smith, noting how Pennsylvania is one of the top producers of apples in the country. “It just makes sense to integrate those products in with the largest agriculture in Pennsylvania.”
Pennsylvania ranks sixth in the nation in the number of cider producers, and saw $25.6 million in sales in 2016, according to a press release for the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Consumption in restaurants, in particular, grew throughout 2017. Sales and production received a significant boost from legislation Gov. Tom Wolf signed last year, which provides new avenues for public sector support of Pennsylvania’s wine, craft beer and distillery industries.

“Pennsylvania apples are a staple of our state’s economy, and the popularity of hard cider has surged in recent years,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding, “We now have 43 cideries statewide, up from 15 just two years ago, with existing producers expanding their product lines, and new businesses taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s abundant apple orchards to launch new production.”
The Pennsylvania Farm Show Cider Competition was held Nov. 30 at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. There were 26 entries from licensed Pennsylvania cideries competing against one another. Prizes were awarded in seven categories: Modern Cider, Heritage Cider, Sour Cider, Fruit Cider, Hopped Cider, Spiced Cider and Wood Aged Cider.
Winning entries were announced in a ceremony Jan. 6, during the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

All are welcome to the Boyertown Community Library Thursday, February 22, 11 a.m. for a presentation on the history of bicycles and how they helped improve the lives of women during the victorian era. Please register with the Boyertown Community Library. 610-369-0496

Friday, 26 January 2018 10:11

Taste of Berks

5:00 - 8:00 P.M. • CROWNE PLAZA READING • FEBRUARY 21, 2018

Sample food from local restaurants, caterers, farms, food manufacturers, and banquet venues... plus enjoy entertainment, amazing donated prizes and casino games! Get the FLYER and Guidelines and Participation Agreement below.

Friday, 26 January 2018 10:00

Pizza Hut FUNdraiser for Boyertown Library

Thursday, February 15th at Gilbertsville Pizza Hut, from 4-8 p.m. Pizza Hut donates 20% of your purchases for takeout, delivery or sit-down purchases on the FUNdraiser night to Boyertown Community Library. Print your slips here to get credit.

Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club announced today they will once again be hosting their local prom dress drive. BJWC will be collecting dresses through March 1st for their upcoming Once Upon a Prom event. The idea behind Once Upon a Prom is that once you’ve had your “once upon a time” moment, you can give another hers. BJWC members recognize that the dress is a huge part of going to prom and unfortunately for some young ladies it is an enormous financial burden. A few years ago, members decided to hold an event that would help provide beautiful prom dresses for those who might not otherwise have the means to purchase them.

This year will be the fifth year Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club is holding the event. Last year 52 girls attended from local communities. This year BJWC is hoping that number rises as they have over 500 dresses in stock! In Ian’s Boots will once again be generously donating shoes to complete the outfit. “The event has gotten bigger each year and the amount of donations from the community is just amazing. Every year we are able to help more and more girls find their perfect dress. It makes me so happy to see girls leave excited about their big day, and to know that we made it possible for them to go!” said Joanne Pritchard, BJWC member.

Girls in junior and senior high from all school districts are welcomed to attend the event which will be held on March 3rd,4th, 10th and 11th from 12 to 4 p.m. at Miracles in Motion, 1145 East Philadelphia Ave, Gilbertsville. There is no charge for the dress or accessories. Monetary donations in any amount will be accepted and donated to Boyertown Post Prom.

The ongoing success of this event is dependent on those willing to donate their gently used prom or special occasion dresses. BJWC welcomes clean, non-torn dresses of all sizes, both long and short, as well as purses, clutches, jewelry and wraps. Donations are being accepted through March 1st and can be dropped off at Zuber Realty, 201 E. Philadelphia Ave, Boyertown.

For more information, please contact Joanne Pritchard at 610.506.6290 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The event flyer is also available to view on their Facebook page – GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Boyertown.

The Boyertown Junior Woman’s Club is comprised of a group of dedicated women who volunteer their time and talents to enrich the Boyertown area and beyond with projects benefiting our youth and those in need. BJWC organization is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC), one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations.

Friday, 26 January 2018 09:50

Disney Day January 28th 1-4 pm

Join your local Disney Destination Specialists this Sunday and the Boyertown YMCA for Disney Day 2018! Games, food, prizes, booking incentives and Disney-themed merchandise will fill your afternoon with fun! FREE for the entire community.  Get out of the cold and bring a friend or two.

Friday, 26 January 2018 09:46


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