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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 21, 2017 11:07 AM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Recognizing April 26, 2017 as Pretzel Day in Pennsylvania
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that will declare April 26, 2017 as “Pretzel Day” in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both the hard-crispy and the soft-bread types of pretzels. Southeastern Pennsylvania, with its large population of German background, is considered the birthplace of the American pretzel industry, and many pretzel bakers are still located in this area. Pennsylvania produces about 80% if the nation’s pretzels.

Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850 at Sturgis bakery located in Lititz PA and became the first commercial hard pretzel bakery. In 1889 the Anderson Pretzel Factory opened in Lancaster PA, and today calls itself the world’s largest, producing 65 tons of hard pretzel daily. In 1935, the Reading Pretzel Machinery Company, located in Reading PA, introduced the first automatic hard pretzel twisting machine. In 1993, the first Pretzel museum of soft pretzels opened in Philly and in 2003 Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 as National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.

I sincerely hope that you will join in in co-sponsoring this legislation recognizing April 26, 2017 as “Pretzel Day” in the Commonwealth.

Introduced as HR235