Biscuit Day — a festival initiated in the 1890s as a seasonal send-off to miners heading back to work — returns to historic Briggs Street on Saturday, Sept. 20, for the 12th straight year since its resurrection by the Erie Historical Society. The celebration, which originated shortly after the town’s incorporation in 1874, always took place in late summer or early fall. Erie’s mines ceased operation during the summer months because the type of coal they produced disintegrated in the heat.
The most historic event in Erie provides an important connection to the town's past. Even though the miners have all left the mines in and around Erie the biscuit day has remained. The tradition says all biscuits are baked fresh the morning of the event.