Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Some More Things Before We Left Lancaster...

We will have to come again to Lancaster County.  We were only there for five days and there is more to see.  Some more things we got to see while there included:
  • Flower and Home Marketplace  
  • Factory Tour at New Holland Haytools Plant
  • New Holland Summerfest Pennsylvania State Championship BBQ Cook-Off

Flower and Home Marketplace
We stopped by here to see a relative of Mike's who works there and to see the huge inventory.  This is like a Micheal's or Hobby Lobby on steroids!  It has a lot of inventory and is a very big store.  Tour buses park in the back and people could get lost in here!

New Holland Haytools Plant
This was a real treat!  I love factory tours.  This was in some ways similar to a tour at Red Bay to see Tiffin motorhomes being made.  Here, we saw some world class manufacturing going on with some hug metal bending machines and welding.  

The plant is on the outskirts of town and the New Holland Campus covers over 340 acres.  The plant itself is over 700,000 sq ft.  Inside they process over 47 million pounds of steel.  The 600 person workforce is non-union most work there a long time:  Average length is 17.6 years.

This particular plant is where they make the Roll-Belt Round Balers and Square Balers.  Most balers are now round but the square ones account for about 20% of their sales.

No pictures were allowed inside but it was a great tour!

New Holland Summerfest Finale - Pennsylvania State Championship BBQ Cook-Off
We got there mid-afternoon on Sunday to walk around the booths.  Some were still creating their dishes for the judges.  It was really a sight to see.  And it smelled really good!
Hundreds gathered for the awards in the late afternoon.  They had about 10 categories and awarded lots of trophies, cash, and ribbons.  
The above photo is not the grand champion (who was from Fairfax, VA this year) but he was happy with his large trophy!

We ended the week where we started - at the City Park.  Today instead of the band playing, hundreds of people came to see the awards for all the different varieties and tastes of Kansas City BBQ.

Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!


  1. Unless you can spend at least a couple of weeks in one place, you just can't see everything. Good reasons to go back.

  2. back in the day, when I had a craft shed. . .that Home Marketplace would have been right up my alley. . .

    and nothing can beat a good barbecue. . .yum!

  3. We liked the names of some of the towns in the area such as Bird in Hand and Intercourse, but we tried to do too much from just one camp base as we also did Gettysburg, Hershey and Philly, but we are prone to do that,

  4. Sounds like a great DOE, eyes only no pictures. That proves it WAS a great thing to see. Was it a free tour?