World's Only Rhubarb Race Car Derby Rallies at Kitchen Kettle Village's 25th Annual Rhubarb Festival On May 16th and 17th

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Largest and oldest Rhubarb event in the United States. Ragtime and 50's Rock Pair with Rhubarb Smoothies and Salsa to Add Spice to Annual PA Dutch Country Festival. Kitchen Kettle Village's 25th Annual Rhubarb Festival in Intercourse, PA. Events include Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest, "Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County" Baking Contest and world's only Rhubarb Race Car Derby.

Kitchen Kettle Village will host the world's only Rhubarb Race Car Derby at their 25th Annual Rhubarb Festival on May 17th from 10:00am to 4:00pm that will benefit Lancaster Farmland Trust. The two day Festival, which is the largest and oldest Rhubarb event in the United States, will kick-off on Friday, May 16th at 9:00am with the Schlossman German Band and Banjo Jimmy and his Sidemen followed by the Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest. The Derby contestants will be able to purchase "rhubarb car kits" at the Festival for a small fee which includes pre-made wheel sets, and a self-chosen stalk of rhubarb. They then assemble their "car" and race them down an electronically timed course.

Other events include a "Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County" Baking Contest with celebrity judges, Rhubarb Arcade of Kid's Games and Crafts, food and gardening demonstrations, a Rollicking Rhubarb Stroll as well as tasty food sampling, crowning of the Rhubarb King and Queen, a variety of music and lots of family fun with a special visit from "Rhu-Barb" and "Yummie". Guests of all ages are invited to participate in the Derby as well as all other activities and contests.

Schedule of Events:
Friday, May 16th, 2008 - 9:00am-5:30pm

  • 11am-1pm - Schlossman German Band performing at the stage area
  • 11am-4pm - Banjo Jimmy & his Sidemen performing ragtime folk music
  • 1:30pm - Rhubarb Whoopie Pie Filling Contest at the stage area-participants needed
  • 2pm - "Whet your Appetite for Rhubarb" Cooking Demonstration with Kristine Grego at the stage area
  • 2-4pm - Flower planting demonstration by Tin-N-Treasures featuring the new Pamela Crawford side planting black iron flower baskets
  • 2:30-4:30pm - Bone Tom Jazz Band performing at the stage area
  • 4:30pm - Cooking with Kitchen Kettle Rhubarb Products Demonstration by Kitchen Kettle's "Food Guy" Tom Rothfus at the stage area
  • All Day - Meet "Rhu-Barb", our rhubarb expert for helpful rhubarb hints
  • All Day - Rhubarb food sampling tables & fresh rhubarb for sale
  • All Day - Children's Rhubarb Arcade Games & Crafts
  • All Day - Rhubarb jams being made in our Jam & Relish Kitchen

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 - 9:00am-6:00pm

  • 10am-4pm --Rhubarb Race Car Derby to benefit Lancaster Farmland Trust - races held at 10am, Noon, 2:30pm & 4pm
  • 10:30pm - "Best Rhubarb Dessert in Lancaster County Baking Contest"

featuring celebrity judges. Dessert slices will be sold following the competition.
All proceeds benefit the Lancaster Farmland Trust.

  • 11am-4pm - Banjo Jimmy & his Sidemen performing ragtime folk music
  • 12:30pm - Crowning of the official Rhubarb King & Queen at the stage area
  • 12:30-2pm - The Dixieland Band performing ragtime favorites at the stage
  • 2pm - Rollicking Rhubarb Stroll (mini parade) featuring musicians, costumed characters, Kitchen Kettle's own pink ladies and the Rhubarb King & Queen & more.
  • 2-4pm - Flower planting demonstration by Tin-N-Treasures featuring the new Pamela Crawford side planting black iron flower baskets
  • 2:30-5:30pm - Enjoy the sounds of the Roadsters (a 50's band) performing at the stage area
  • All Day - Meet "Rhu-Barb", our rhubarb expert for helpful rhubarb hints.
  • All Day - Rhubarb Food Sampling Tables & Fresh Rhubarb for sale
  • All Day - Children's Rhubarb Arcade Games & Crafts

Located in the beautiful Pennsylvania Dutch countryside, Kitchen Kettle Village has been entertaining visitors from all over the world for more than 50 years. With 30 unique specialty shops, 8 delicious restaurants and eateries, charming lodging, and of course, the famous Jam and Relish Kitchen, guests can watch local farm women putting up over 80 original recipes of jams, jellies, and relishes in large open kettles, take a buggy ride, or enjoy the free seasonal Festivals and year round family events. Conveniently located on Rte. 340 in the Village of Intercourse, Pennsylvania, (10 miles east of Lancaster and less than 2 hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore) Kitchen Kettle Village is the ideal destination for the guest who wants a tasty and authentic Village experience. For more information, please visit kitchen kettle website or call (800) 732-3538 or (717) 768-8261.

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