Annual Business Awards and Recognition Ceremony
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Small Business, Entrepreneur and Positive Action of the Year
Small Business: Mike and Kristin Newman, Panebaker Funeral Home
Entrepreneur: Megan McDonald, The Broken Cookie
Positive Action: Hanover Center for Workforce Excellence
Submit nominations for 2015 now!
Entrepreneur Instructions and Form
Small Business Instructions and Form
Positive Action Instructions and Form
Hanover Dutch Festival, Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 2015 Vendor Application
Bratwurst, funnel cakes, handmade crafts and authentic German bands - combined, these traditions have drawn thousands of people to downtown Hanover for three decades.
The Festival was founded to promote community awareness and pride in the town’s strong Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. In its early days, Hanover was known as “McAllister’stown,” named after the innkeeper who laid it out, Richard McAllister. In the late 1700’s, immigrants from Rhineland and Palantine districts of Germany arrived en masse, drawn to the area because its geography resembled that of their homeland. As his town began to expand, McAllister renamed the place Hanover, after the German city so familiar to the new residents.
The German characteristics of hard work and expert craftsmanship shaped the economy of early Hanover, and when President Washington visited the town in 1791 he was impressed with the number of “good brick houses and mechanics.” Those characteristics are still here today, over 200 years after Washington’s visit. Hanover is home to an estimated 55,000 residents and is one of the largest retail districts and one of the largest manufacturing regions in Pennsylvania - a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Germans who settled here.