Do you have a sweet potato story you'd like to share with an audience?

If you don't, the 12th annual Pennsylvania Sweetpotato Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, would be a great place to make a sweet potato memory for future open mic sessions.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Wellness Farm, 19310 Dutton Road in Stewartstown, with an open mic session for sharing sweet potato stories at noon.

Whether you want to dig your own sweet potatoes or buy a bag there, there will be plenty of sweet potatoes for you.

Or for instant gratification, you can eat your fill of sweet potato pancakes, sweet potato breads, sweet potato fries and polish it all off with some sweet potato ice cream or sweet potato pie.

Sweet potato pies include regular, chocolate, vanilla, lemon and curly apple, and there will be three different flavors of sweet potato ice cream.

The chocolate sweet potato pie available at the festival won an honorable mention at the 2002 Juneteenth National Sweet Potato Pie Contest, and the vanilla sweet potato pie won second place in the Sweet Potato Pie Contest at the Maryland State Fair from 2003 to 2005.

The festival will also feature sweet potato cooking demonstrations, vendors, children's activities, crafts, displays, contests, games, and fruit and vegetable sales.

Live music will be provided by Andy Belt and Friends; Blind Owl, an acoustic classic rock band; and InDEADnation, a Grateful Dead tribute band.


Prizes will be awarded for the heaviest, longest and most unusual sweet potato dug during the hours of the festival.

Digging equipment and buckets will be available, and for anyone who misses the festival or would like to dig again, there will be a Post Festival Dig Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

Admission is $5 per person and free for anyone under age 8 or over the age of 80.

About sweet potatoes:

- Sweet potatoes can be kept at room temperature for longer than nine months. No other fruit or vegetable can do that.

- Sweet potatoes are rated as the most nutritious vegetable.

- The purple-fleshed varieties of sweet potatoes are used in fries and pies.

- Varieties include Beauregard, Covington, Georgia Jet, Heart-o-Gold, Hernandez, Carolina Ruby, Carolina Rose, Evangeline, Molokai Purple, Carolina Nugget, O'Henry and Hayman


-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or