The sixth Lancaster Printers Fair will be one for the record books as participants will set a world record for the most people printing with a potato.
The two-day event, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, with “Printing on Penn Square” and a “Printers Fair” from 11 a.m. To 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, is the largest of its kind on the East Coast, says Ken Kulakowsky, president of the nonprofit .918 Club, which organizes the annual event.
Saturday’s street fair will be held on the closed-to-traffic 300 block of North Queen Street, where all merchants will remain open for business. The street will be filled with vendors from across the region, printing demonstrations, food vendors, live music and the record-setting potato printing. Bookending Saturday’s street fair is a demonstration Friday night by Itinerant Printer Chris Fritton on Penn Square.
The letterpress event started in 2013 as a nod to Lancaster’s place in printing history and features vendors and suppliers of letterpress equipment, foundry type, cards, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and more. In addition to the fair, there will also be demonstrations nearby in the Heritage Press Museum’s 1920s print shop, 346 N. Queen St., as well as activities for kids.
The event is free to the public and any money raised will benefit the .918 Club’s Heritage Press Museum, a non-profit dedicated to the education and preservation of letterpress printing.
Register for the event here.