As we approach the 5th edition of the Gettysburg National 19th Century Base Ball Festival, the organizers are more grateful every day for the great support the community has put behind the event. It is truly an event for tourism that shows the visitors (and citizens of Adams County) what a sporting event was like in Gettysburg in the 19th century and that more happened in town than just a battle.
The Festival started as an idea between the Elkton Eclipse and Destination Gettysburg with just a small 6 team tournament and has grown to a large 2 day 18 club festival featuring clubs from all over the country. These clubs are staying in local hotels, eating at restaurants in town, shopping in the stores and looking for entertainment while in town. The community has responded great to help us put the event on.
Shortly after the concept took shape in 2009, Gettysburg Eddies got on board and it quickly became the headquarters for the event. They even have their upstairs dinning room permanently named the Eclipse Room. If you get a chance, stop in and see all the pictures and memorabilia from past events! Soon we had other partners on board such as Hickory Hollow Farm where you can get a unique tour of the battlefields by horse back. When you come back from the Festival itself, make sure you unwind at Reid’s Tasting Room at the Jennie House before you head back out for your evening activities which may include a walk with Gettysburg Ghost Tours. If its sweets you are after, head down the road a piece to Mr. Ed’s to see his world famous elephant collection while picking up some peanuts, fudge or other candy. When you get back, make sure you take a leisurely stroll down Steinwehr Avenue to see all the great shops and restaurants that the town has to offer. If you want to pick up some memorabilia or maybe a replica uniform, head over to Baltimore Street to the Regimental Quartermaster for some great period pieces. If you are staying the night make sure you check in to the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, or the Quality Inn, Lodges at Gettysburg or the Gettysburg Super 8 or America’s Best Value Inn.
Whatever your passion or desire is when you get to Gettysburg for base ball weekend, you won’t be able to turn the corner without seeing one of our sponsors. Its not too late to be a parter with the Festival. We’ll tailor your sponsorship to fit your needs so we’re all winners! Like Wellspan Health, who is a great community asset, we hope to be around as long as they have been and be an asset to the community as well!