A twisted time is guaranteed

By on April 23, 2014

 Pretzel Fest set for Saturday

Touted as “a new twist on an old favorite,” the third annual Pretzel Fest, slated for April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., guarantees plenty of food and fun for all ages.

Attendees start off at the Lititz Springs Park train station and receive maps sending them to various tasting stations, game and entertainment locations in the downtown area.

The two previous events sold out quickly, so this year, organizers promised more games, more fun and more available tickets.

But what, exactly, does a ticket buy?

“The tickets are necessary for the 12 tasting stations and 11 games,” said event chair Alice Bracken. “You also get one free throw at the dunk tank with the ticket.”

Organized and staffed by members of the Kiwanis Club of Lititz, Pretzel Fest was created as a smaller-scale version of the popular Chocolate Walk held each Fall. Pretzel-laden fare is definitely in store for those who purchase tickets. Twelve tasting stands will dot the downtown area and local chefs will vie for the title of Top Pretzel Chef.

Last year, Appalachian Brewing Company won the accolade, edging out Greco’s and Scooter’s. Will the 2014 Fire & Ice chili-champs have another slam dunk this year with their pretzel jalapeño/cheddar cheese ball?

They have their work cut out for them against such competition as Dosie Dough’s pretzel brownies, Candy*ology’s bacon chocolate pretzels, Isabella’s pretzel ice cream and Bruno’s pretzel hoagie. Other competitors include: Pork & Wally’s, Savory Gourmet, Cherry Acres, Sturgis Haus, Julius Sturgis, Auntie Anne’s, and Curiosty Shop Too.

Country vocalist and guitarist J.R. Wehner will be performing throughout the entire event near Wertsch Vision Associates on Main St.

Also included in the ticket price is “Twisted Minute To Win It,” &tstr; various whimsical physical challenges set up at 11 different locations. This year’s challenges include: Pretzel Toss, Come on Down, Salt Shaker, Racquet Up, Gone Fishin’ and Pantyhose Golf. Gamers will be competing to win one of several prize baskets.

A highlight of the Fest has been the Dunk Tank, set up outside the Zum Anker Alley Shoppes. This year’s victims/volunteers include local celebrities, familiar faces and business owners alike. Be sure to take a chance to dunk your favorite Lititz personality.

You don’t have to buy a ticket to the Fest to take a shot at the dunk tank, however.

“You can buy two balls for $1, or have a guaranteed dunk for $10,” assured Bracken. “The first throw at each dunkee will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.”

Proceeds from the dunk tank and Pretzel Fest tickets are earmarked for the Boys and Girls Club and Project Eliminate. Last year’s event raised approximately $4,000 for the two charities.

“Tickets are limited,” Bracken said, “and may be purchased at many Lititz retail locations. If there are any left on the 26th, you may purchase them at the train station when you arrive. The price is $7 for adults and $5 for children 13 and under.”

To purchase tickets remotely, call 560-2295 or visit lititzpretzelfest.com.

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