Never a Dull Moment

by Julie Price
Most people familiar with the Raystown Lake Region could tell you about the picturesque landscapes and recreational opportunities in the area.  But, not everyone knows about the unique events that pack the RLR’s calendar all year long.  Here’s a sample of what you could experience on your next visit:

  • -Stroll through downtown Huntingdon during Mayfest (in April), and see six different historical time periods come to life.  You could witness a joust, join in a hula hoop contest, or take an old-fashioned covered wagon ride around town.
  • -Pedal with mountain bikers from all over the east coast on the Allegrippis Trails overlooking Raystown Lake as part of DirtFest, sponsored by Dirt Rag Magazine and the Raystown Mountain Bike Association.  The Allegrippis Trails were named one of the Top 4 best bike trails in North America by Men’s Journal in 2009.
  • -Chase the thrill of the Wild West, while the big boys try to go 8 seconds on an ornery bull at the Central PA Rodeo held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.  Hear the sound of pounding hooves, and watch the dirt fly in this high-intensity performance.
  • -Listen to championship-caliber musicians from all parts of the country perform at the Central Pennsylvania Ragtime Festival in Rockhill Furnace.  The 2011 festival featured Adam Swanson, the three-time junior champion of the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest, and Frederick Hodges, hailed by the press as one of the best jazz and ragtime pianists in the world.
  • -Sing, dance, and worship at Creation – one of the largest Christian music festivals in the United States – on the Agape Farm in Mount Union.  This four-day festival features Christian bands, speakers, and authors.  Some estimates say as many as 100,000 people attend the show each year.
  • -Stare in awe at one-of-a-kind vehicles, as well as “Herbie the Love Bug,” and a Delorean DMC-12, just like the one in “Back to the Future,” at the Swigart Automobile Museum Meet in Huntingdon.  The meet is co-hosted by the Allegheny Mountain Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
  • -Smell and taste award-winning barbeque cooked low & slow by semi-professional teams at Barbeque at the Beach, Raystown Lake.  Teams at past events have come from as far away as Florida and Canada.
  • -Learn from artists who hand-craft their wares right before your eyes at Hartslog Day in Alexandria.  The 2012 festival will be the 37th year for this event, and includes activities for all ages, live music, and food vendors.
  • -Ride the oldest operating narrow-gauge railroad east of the Mississippi during the East Broad Top Railroad’s Fall Spectacular in Rockhill Furnace.  Originally chartered to haul the coal of the East Broad Top area, the railroad began operations as a tourist attraction in 1960.  The changing leaves and cooler air make for a wonderful ride on an antique steam engine.
  • -Feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up as you brave haunted houses, haunted caves, and walking tours by lantern light in Hauntingdon.  The “Coolest Small Town in PA,” as voted in 2009 by readers of, turns into the “Ghoulest Small Town” during the month of October, and features a variety of scary and not-so-scary activities for adults and families.
  • -Get transported to a magical place filled with sparkling lights and animated displays during the Rockhill Trolley Museum’s Polar Bear Express in Rockhill Furnace.  Ride aboard an authentic electric trolley car to Blacklog Narrows.  An open-air trolley is available for the more adventurous folks.  Warm up in the cafeteria with some hot chocolate and snacks after your trip.

There’s never a dull moment in the Raystown Lake Region!

About the Author:
Julie Price is the Director of Operations at Sweet Annie Herbs and the Gage Mansion, and resides in Huntingdon.
Categories: 2012 Visitors Guide, Events, Things to Do | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Never a Dull Moment

  1. Billie

    The area is absolutely gorgeous.

  2. Deb Ridgeway

    Nice article on all the great things to do in this area – thanks!

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