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Chamber/Tourism Report

Participants get a view from the infamous boulder field on Bald Eagle Mountain overlooking the Great Island, farm fields, and the City of Lock Haven. This year’s event is this Saturday.

The coronavirus has changed the way we do business, but not what we have to offer.

Amidst all this craziness and an uncertain path forward, those of us who live, work and play in Clinton County have some basics for which we should be very thankful – wide open spaces to walk, hike, bike, fish, hunt, and enjoy the mountains, streams and plenty of fresh air. You get the picture.

And there are many activities in the outdoors that will see us into fall, normally our busiest season for those who live here, as well as for tourists visiting the area. We’ll definitely miss college football this year, but we have a number of fantastic events to rally around, including:

– The Boulder Beast trail challenge, now in its fifth year, is this Saturday, September 19 on Bald Eagle Mountain. It’s a 25-mile, grueling course up the infamous boulder field, and race organizers the PA Trail Dogs this year are adding a 15-mile course to encourage participants who might want a bit shorter of a run. Always an amazing race, the Beast starts and ends at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds.

– Also this Saturday, there’s an exciting, 40-lap sprint car Nittany Championship race at Clinton County Speedway at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Mackeyville, one of two Saturday races this fall (the other is an October 3 race).

The annual Clinton County SPCA Pet Extravaganza always gets two paws up from both two and four-legged family members. The event this year is set for Saturday, October 3, at Riverview Park in Woodward Township.

– The Fairgrounds is also host to the Truckers 4 Hope semi truck show next weekend. The September 25-27 event features lots of big rigs, entertainment and vendors and it benefits Cystic Fibrosis Research.

– For the thrill seeker, Spook Haven in Mill Hall plans to be open weekends throughout October. A walk through this haunted attraction will get your blood pumping.

– Lock Haven University’s annual Alumni Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 2, bringing alums back to the area for a fun day on the greens at Belles Springs Golf Course in Mackeyville.

– The Clinton County SPCA’s annual Pet Extravaganza at Riverview Park in Woodward Township is a great day of family fun that caters to your four-legged family members. This year’s event will be held October 3.

– On October 10, head to Renovo for the Autumn Festival – a one-day crafts fair being held at the Flaming Foliage Lot on Huron Avenue. This takes the place this year of the Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival. That same weekend, you can zip out to Buzzard Field near East End to watch remote controlled airplanes, heli-quad-copters and RC cars and trucks in a fun fly/drive event. And nearby at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, model railroad cars and accessories will be sold and traded during the Clinton Central Model Railroad Club’s annual Fall Train Meet, taking place outdoors this year under the Fair’s main stage pavilion.

Craft vendors still have a place at the Clinton County Fairgrounds this fall. It won’t be the traditional Christmas in the Barns, but rather ‘Vendors Appreciation Weekend,’ outside the barns...to be held October 17 and 18. Other crafts festivals this fall include the Autumn Festival (in place of the Flaming Foliage Festival) October 10 in Renovo, and a new Crafts Fair at Millbrook Playhouse October 24.

– The weekend of October 17 and 18, craft vendors that typically set up inside the animal barns at the Clinton County Fairgrounds will keep things outdoors during Vendors Appreciation Weekend (we’re not calling it Christmas in the Barns this year because crafters won’t be in the barns). Indoors or out, this will be an awesome event, worth several hours of your time!

– You can participate in a Haunted Walking Tour hosted by the Ross Library in Lock Haven. These one-hour tours take a different route each night, October 19-23 and 26-30. They start and end at the Library.

– Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall opens their parking lot for a Fall Crafts Festival, a new event scheduled for October 24 (rain date the 25th).

– Also the weekend of October 24 and 25, the Durty Dabbers Motorcycle Club hosts its annual vintage and modern mototrials at their Club property in McElhattan – always exciting to watch.

– Over Halloween weekend (October 28-31), check out chainsaw carvers in action at the annual HoosKow festival, relocating to the Clinton County Fairgrounds this year to give the event more room to grow.

– Heading into November, Millbrook Playhouse has bumped back its annual Brews in the Barn beer tasting festival and chili cook-off to Nov. 7. This very cool event will be held outdoors, outside the Playhouse this year.

– On November 8, the PA Trail Dogs are planning a ‘one-and-done’ trail race, ‘The View’ 25K, to give runners the thrill of racing up Hyner Mountain (ugh) since the Hyner View Trail Challenge in April had to be canceled this year.

We know how tough it has been for so many groups who’ve had to cancel events this year due to restrictions, through no fault of their own. We look forward to better times and a stronger-than-ever return of those activities.

To the many groups who have worked hard to adapt and adjust, determined to do all they can to safely hold some of the great events we’ve come to know and love, thanks for your dedication to the community.

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