Lancaster County has been stinky lately. It was fine when we got here, but I think farmers have been spreading a bunch of manure this past week. Ick.
We made it to Harrisburg to take a tour of the Capitol. Wow. I was not expecting such a crazy ornate building. It’s pretty small compared to the Texas capitol, which I think is supposed to be the tallest. Illinois capitol building is about as plain and boring as it gets.
The website says tours start on the hour. We found street parking right in front just before noon and walked inside as a tour was starting. We joined a large school group and its chaperones. The capitol guide referred to us as friends from Idaho the whole time.
We then drove south to Hanover to visit the Utz potato chip factory. We could smell the potato chips before we got there. As we walked inside for the tour, I saw a picture of the founders, Bill and Salie Utz. Ha! Those are my parents’ names – Bill and Salie.
When I started to take a picture of the picture, Max told me we were not supposed to take any pictures. He got mad. I tried to assure him that it was okay to take a picture of the owners, but we shouldn’t take pictures of the potato chip-making process.
There was an introductory video which we watched for a couple minutes, then we started our walk down a long hallway with several windows to our right. Every 20 feet or so there was a red button on the wall for us to push to hear about the machines in front of us. It was impressive. The place operates 24 hours a day, 6 days a week, with one full day for cleaning. That’s a lot of potato chips.
We each got a free bag of chips on the way out. They were good.