Back in 1941, Harry and Fairy Martin first made a name for themselves in the potato chip business by selling their crispy snacks at local farmers markets.
York County quickly fell in love with the unique potato chips. Now, 75 years later, Martin's Potato Chips' Thomasville facility produces more than a million bags of chips a month, satisfying snack food cravings across the region.
There's nothing quite like tasting the warm potato chips straight off the line, and it's an experience you can enjoy during the 18th Annual Made in America Tours Event, happening June 15-18 in the Factory Tour Capital of the World.
You're invited to a special kickoff event at 8:30 a.m., June 15, at Martin's Potato Chips, which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The first 75 visitors to tour the factory will receive a 75th Anniversary Tin from Martin's Potato Chips (Limit one per couple/family). After visiting the factory, set out to explore more than 20 other locations.
At each stop, you'll find American ingenuity and creativity on display as you watch some of your favorite products made right before your eyes. From handmade soap to beautifully crafted musical instruments and legendary motorcycles to custom wooden baseball bats, there's something that will interest everybody.
Serious snackers can stick with the sweet and salty treats theme and visit Utz Quality Foods and Snyder's of Hanover. They can even check out Revonah Pretzel, which still uses a 70-year-old hearth brick and stone oven to make twisted treats just like Grandpa did.
After you've had your fill of chips, pretzels and popcorn, witness the masterful work of experienced artisans at Bluett Bros. Violins, George's Furniture and the York Time Institute. You'll leave astounded at the attention to detail and the beauty of the finished products.
Of course, you'll have to make time to visit the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations, in York, where you'll go on a journey through the facility that produces the Softail®, Touring, CVOTM and Trike models.
Visitors can even learn how wine goes from grape to glass at Naylor Wine Cellars, Adams County Winery and The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey - just three stops on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. Plus, Brewery Products returns with one of the event's most popular tours.
While you'll see modern facilities all across York County during the Made in America Tours Event, you can also travel back in time to learn more about the roots of manufacturing.
Discover York County's industrial heritage at the York County Heritage Trust's Agricultural & Industrial Museum and marvel at The Wallace-Cross Mill Historical Site, where you'll find a working grist mill dating back to the 1820s.
Kids will also love visiting the cows at Perrydell Farm and Walk-Le Holsteins.
With so much to do and see, you'll want to stick around a few days. Falling over Father's Day weekend, this year's Made in America Tours Event is the perfect gift for dads who love machines and love to learn how things work. A special hotel package makes planning your Made in America getaway simple.
After spending the day seeing how your favorite products are made, unwind at one of York County's many restaurants, take in a show or sip some craft beer on the Susquehanna Ale Trail.
You'll love your visit to the Factory Tour Capital of the World and leave ready to plan your next York County adventure.