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Chester County Press

Editorial: By the numbers

09/14/2023 11:47AM ● By Richard Gaw


Kudos to the Mushroom Festival organizers for planning another great event as the Mushroom Festival celebrated its 38th year this past weekend.

The Kennett Square residents and the thousands of visitors who came to town not only enjoyed a terrific food festival, they also played a part in making a positive impact on the community.

The proceeds from the Mushroom Festival are distributed to many local non-profits and organizations that help improve the lives of southern Chester County residents.

The organizations that receive support include fire and EMS companies, food cupboards and Meals on Wheels, park groups and organizations that preserve history, senior centers and early education programs. The proceeds from the Mushroom Festival serve a wide cross-section of the community.


The Unionville Community Fair & Farm Show will celebrate its 99th year in 2023 with new entertainment and fun for all ages when the popular annual event returns Oct. 13 to Oct. 15.

We hope that there is good weather for this year’s festivities, and that the Unionville Community Fair gains momentum as it heads into the 100th anniversary year.

Organizers have plenty of new and fun activities and attractions planned this year, and the fair also boasts of the largest display of community agricultural products and home crafts.

Proceeds from The Unionville Community Fair support several community organizations each year. Visit for full details about the upcoming event.

$7.3 million

Penn Township officials recently received the bids on Phase Two of the sports park and the lowest bid—$7.3 million—was quite a bit more than the cost estimates the township was working with. The Penn Township supervisors delayed a vote on approving any of the bids. Our expectation is that the Penn Township supervisors will find ways to reduce the scope of the project so that the costs will be reduced. That’s what Penn Township officials do. They have a long history of managing the township’s business in a financially efficient way—that’s how you go nearly two decades without a tax increase.


We had the pleasure of working with the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce’s on the Connections magazine. The upcoming edition, which comes out next week, highlights some businesses and organizations that are celebrating some impressive milestone anniversaries this year. Beiler-Campbell Realtors, Fenstermacher & Company, PC, Kendal-Crosslands Communities, Whisman Giordano and Associates, and LCH are all profiled in Connections, and they are all marking their 50th anniversaries in 2023. 50 is a big number, and it is certainly something to be proud of. Additionally, Univest Bank and Trust Co. is commemorating 147 years in 2023 and the CPA firm of Belfint, Lyons & Shuman, P.A. is celebrating a century of public accounting. Having so many businesses and organizations reach these impressive milestones belies how difficult the feat really is. Congratulations to all these businesses.