Annual Chadds Ford Days Festival Slated for Sept. 9, 10

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A performer entertains kids at the Chadds Ford Days Festival.

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting the 52nd annual Chadds Ford Days festival.

Don’t miss out on joining the community for this family and dog friendly event that commemorates the Battle of the Brandywine that took place on Sept. 11, 1777. Come relive history with your family and friends in Chadds Ford on Sept. 9 and 10. The event runs from 10 AM-7 PM on Saturday and 10 AM-5 PM on Sunday.

Chadds Ford Days includes more than 50 of the area’s finest artisans and demonstrators, and offers something for everyone, including a “Maker’s Marketplace” for purchasing unique, handmade items and colonial demonstrator stations where you can learn about a traditional craft like blacksmithing, lacemaking, or woodturning.

You can try colonial dancing and learn how our ancestors socialized and flirted in the 1700s. You’ll also meet General George Washington and Revolutionary War soldier Ned Hector, and you can tour an 18th-century military camp where you’ll see cannons firing, muskets shooting, and soldiers on maneuvers.

But’s it not all about history. Chadds Ford Days celebrates contemporary Chadds Ford, too. The area’s artistic legacy is honored at the festival as the Philadelphia Watercolor Society hosts a free art show and sale.

Seven local bands will provide continuous live music throughout the festival. While you’re enjoying the music, you’ll want to grab a bite to eat provided by one of the local restaurants, and relax in the tavern beer garden with offerings from Victory Brewing and Chadds Ford Winery. For younger children, there is a “Kid’s Corner” with a variety of fun activities and games, and dog training demonstrations providing by Clover Dog Training.

All food and beverage transactions will be made directly with the vendors rather than with pre-purchased tickets. No more waiting in two lines to get food and drinks.

Chadds Ford Days is held on the grounds of Chadds Ford Historical Society. Free parking is available adjacent to the festival grounds. Well-behaved dogs are welcome to attend, but must be on a leash. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older and free for children 17 and under. CFHS members are free with membership card.

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