Flax Scutching Festival in Stahlstown PA
What is “scutching”? You can learn the answer to that question (then stump your friends) by experiencing the annual Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival. For more than 100 years, people here have preserved the pioneer craft of scutching – the process that turns flax-plant fibers into linen cloth.
An Early American Event
Because scutching was long and laborious, settlers would gather
together to do it and created the first flax-scutching festivals.
Today, the Stahlstown festival is the oldest active scutching
festival in the nation. In addition to demonstrating the process,
the festival features antique farm machinery, arts and crafts sales,
live traditional music and home-style cooking that includes
buckwheat cakes and sausage. Another annual tradition is a mock
American Indian raid that commemorates the early years of European
settlement within the Ligonier Valley.
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Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival
September 17-18, 2016
1703 Route 711
Stahlstown, PA 15687