National Geographic : 1973 Apr
"IT'SCHUST FOR NICE," the sunbonneted matron told me in richly accented English. Her sweeping glance surveyed the bustle of activity at the 23d annual Kutztown Folk Festival. Over the hubbub we heard the gleeful noise of children at play. Boys in just-purchased Amish summer hats (above) had turned an antique farm machine into a make-do merry-go-round. Actually more than "just for nice," the eight-day festival in July is education gaily packaged as a celebration. The Pennsylvania Folklife Society sponsors the event to preserve, display, and pay tribute to the Pennsylvania Dutch way of life. Like 125,000 other visitors from all over the United States, I had come to Kutztown to see firsthand the arts and crafts of early Pennsylvania-many of them still in daily evidence in "Dutch Country."