Fun for the whole family! Festival features 330+ handmade craft & food vendors, authentic German entertainment, antique/classic car show and kids carnival. The Festival was founded to promote community awareness and pride in the town’s strong Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. In its early days, Hanover was known as “McAllister’stown,” named after the innkeeper who laid it out, Richard McAllister. In the late 1700’s, immigrants from Rhineland and Palatinate districts of Germany arrived en masse, drawn to the area because its geography resembled that of their homeland. As his town began to expand, McAllister renamed the place Hanover, after the German city so familiar to the new residents. The German characteristics of hard work and expert craftsmanship shaped the economy of early Hanover, and when President Washington visited the town in 1791 he was impressed with the number of “good brick houses and mechanics.” Those characteristics are still here today, over 200 years after Washington’s visit. Hanover is home to an estimated 55,000 residents and is one of the largest retail districts and one of the largest manufacturing regions in Pennsylvania - a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Germans who settled here.