Travel tip: Bean soup festival celebrates humble-but-hearty dish |

Travel tip: Bean soup festival celebrates humble-but-hearty dish

Shirley McMarlin
Soup’s on every day at the McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair, set this year for Sept. 8-14 in the small Snyder County community.

There’s a festival for just about everything, including the humble-but-hearty bowl of bean soup.

The 128th McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair is set for Sept. 8-14 in the Snyder County community of about 900.

The festival has its roots in an 1883 gathering of local Civil War veterans, who cooked up a pot of the battlefield standard fare, but it was in 1891 that a true festival featuring bean soup (accompanied that year by hardtack) was established.

Soup’s still on every day of the festival, with the modern version also including a midway, entertainment, other food concessions, children’s activities, contests and more.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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