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Wheelbarrow Matches

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
1. Wheelbarrow Matches Marker
Inscription.

A popular form of gambling in the Old Dutch Country was the Wheelbarrow Match. Each participant would pay a fee, usually 10 or 15, to co[m]pete.

A post was planted in a field about 100 yards from the starting point. Each contestant takes his turn to push a wheelbarrow to the post & the one who gets closest to the post wins. There is one catch. The contestants are blindfolded. Then, while clutching the wheelbarrow, he is led around in a circle several times. The biggest problem is keeping the observers quiet.
 
Location. 40° 31.073′ N, 75° 46.997′ W. Marker is in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, in Berks County. Touch for map. Marker is on the Kutztown Fairgrounds, home of the Kutztown Folk Festival. Marker is at or near this postal address: 450 Wentz Street, Kutztown PA 19530, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quilting Lore (here, next to this marker); The Conestoga Wagon (here, next to this marker); The Bush Meeting (within shouting distance of this marker); Thanksgiving & Harvest Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Cider (within shouting distance of this marker); The Plain Dutch

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 3, 2017
2. Wheelbarrow Matches Marker and Other Markers
(within shouting distance of this marker); New Year's Day Lore (within shouting distance of this marker); The Candlemaker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kutztown.
 
Regarding Wheelbarrow Matches. Excerpt from "Today... and Yesterday" by The Morning Call
 
Also see . . .
1. The Pennsylvania German Society. (Submitted on July 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. (Submitted on July 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Kutztown Folk Festival. (Submitted on July 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. EntertainmentSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 11, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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