And for one local donut shop it means hours of non-stop work to ensure locals can indulge for Fat Tuesday.
"People come in, and even if there is a line, they're happy, they're laughing," says Fred Krumple. "They're carrying on with each other just joking around. They don't mind the wait when we have one and we are just glad to be apart of it."
Folks were able to choose from all sorts of fastnachts including chocolate, glazed and cinnamon. Workers plan to smash, fry and powder the dough around the clock to serve the treats to the local community.
"It's square cut, with two slits, it's the authentic fastnacht cut that the Pennsylvania Dutch came up with. It's larger than a regular donut and we tweaked the spices to make it a little different," says Krumple.
Even though the hours are long, Krumple says it's well worth it to see the smiles on their customer's faces.
"They're just extremely happy to get them. Sometimes, they will grab one, take a bite out of it, you can see the happiness on their face," says Krumple. "That is part of our enjoyment, being able to make people happy."
A Dutch-Pennsylvania tradition that's becoming a Washington County tradition as well, with more than 75 years and going strong.