YORK, PA - From mouth-watering potato chips to beautifully crafted musical instruments, the 18th Annual Made In America Tours Event will showcase the best of York County's manufacturing ingenuity and creativity when it returns June 15-18.
Visitors will have four days to tour 27 participating locations across the Factory Tour Capital of the World as they watch some of their favorite products made right before their eyes.
The public is invited to a special kickoff event at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 15, at Martin's Potato Chips, 5847 Lincoln Highway West in Thomasville. One of York County's iconic snack food manufacturers, Martin's is celebrating its 75th year delighting customers with its unique salty treats, and special anniversary tins will be given to the first 75 guests to tour the factory, with a limit of one per couple/family.
Serious snackers will love sampling warm potato chips fresh off the line at Martin's and then visiting Utz Quality Foods, Snyder's of Hanover and Revonah Pretzel, where they can see hand-twisted sourdough pretzels bake in a 70-year-old hearth brick and stone oven.
In addition to getting their fill of delicious snacks, visitors can watch Bluett Bros. Violins take the finest of air-dried woods and turn them into musical instruments as well as masterful pieces of art. And no trip would be complete without exploring the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Vehicle Operations, in York, where visitors can go on a journey to see how legendary motorcycles come to life.
With wineries that will demonstrate how your favorite merlot goes from grape to glass, historical stops that explore the roots of manufacturing in York County and working dairy farms that children will love to visit, the Made In America Tours Event offers something for everybody.
While many old favorites return, there are six new stops to explore this year, including DS Wood Bats, Microtrac Inc., the Byrnes Health Education Center, Hanover Area Arts Guild, the Teaching Museum for the Fiber Arts & Textiles and The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey.
There is no overall admission fee, but some tours do charge entrance fees.
The complete list of participating locations, instructions for ordering or downloading the official event brochure and more information to craft a unique Made In America weekend getaway to York County are available at www.yorkpa.org/factory-tours. Please see the official brochure for individual locations' schedules, clothing requirements and other pertinent information, such as any admittance costs.
Nestled in the bucolic Susquehanna Valley and just north of Baltimore, York County is an easy weekend escape that offers engaging factory tours and so much more. Visitors will find charming downtowns filled with artisan shops and diverse dining options, as well as beautiful parks and riverlands to discover.
After a day of exploring York, relax at one of the many stops on both the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and the Susquehanna Ale Trail. And with conveniently located hotels, rustic bed and breakfasts and tranquil campgrounds, there's lodging to fit anyone's preference.
While the Made In America Tours Event showcases York County's manufacturing resourcefulness, many factory tours can be enjoyed year-round and often times for free. No matter what time of the year you visit, you'll leave impressed with what you see.
The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau's Mission is to maximize tourism expenditures and their economic impact in York County, PA, through comprehensive tourism sales and marketing programs. The York County CVB's Vision is for a York County where tourism is recognized for the value of its economic impact and its role in raising the profile of York County as a sought-after destination. For more information on the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit www.yorkpa.org.