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The 100 Mile Yard Sale | PA’s Longest Yard Sale

The 100 Mile Yard Sale is Pennsylvania's largest yard sale.
The 100 Mile Yard Sale in Clearfield, Cameron, Elk, and Centre counties is an event I eagerly look forward to every year. This event is to "pickers", flea market fanatics, and bargain hunters what the Super Bowl is to football fans - part spectacle, part competition, and tons of fun! The 2022 100 Mile Yard Sale takes place on July...

Remembering the Pine Creek Declaration of Independence

Remembering the Pine Creek Declaration of Independence in Clinton County Pennsylvania.
The Pine Creek Declaration of Independence, as it has come to be known, was signed on July 4, 1776 beneath an elm tree on the west bank of present-day Pine Creek in Clinton County. The signers were a group of frontier settlers known as the Fair Play Men, and they signed their own declaration of independence from Great Britain at...

Exploring Idlewild Park in Ligonier

Exploring Idlewild Park in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania.
Idlewild Park in Westmoreland County is Pennsylvania's longest-operating amusement park! In fact, many of the beautiful structures at Idlewild are well over 100 years old and still in use to this very day. Located 50 miles east of Pittsburgh along the historic Lincoln Highway (AKA Route 30), a trip to Idlewild has been a summer tradition for me since the early...

Exploring Blue Knob – The Second Highest Point in Pennsylvania

One of several ski lifts on the north face of Blue Knob in Bedford County PA.
Blue Knob in Bedford County is the second highest mountain in Pennsylvania, only 67 feet shorter than Mount Davis in Somerset County. Located at Blue Knob State Park, this was thought to be THE tallest mountain in Pennsylvania until 1921. In the 1950s, the summit was the location of an Air Force radar station, until it was deactivated in 1961. Now the...

2022 Pennsylvania Fairs Guide

The midway at a Pennsylvania fair.
If you're looking for a guide to the best Pennsylvania fairs in 2022, you're in the right spot! Growing up as a farm kid in western PA, I've been going to Pennsylvania fairs my entire life, but for those of you less familiar with the concept, I'll give you a brief overview of what to expect at one of these...

Exploring Pavia Overlook at Blue Knob State Park

Exploring Pavia Overlook at Blue Knob State Park in Pennsylvania.
Pavia Overlook at Blue Knob State Park is located atop the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania! And while many people are familiar with the views from Blue Knob Ski Resort on the northeast side of the mountain, you may have never heard of Pavia Overlook on the western side of Blue Knob. So in the following paragraphs I'm going to show you...

Exploring the Carrie Blast Furnaces in Pittsburgh

Exploring the Carrie Blast Furnaces on the Rivers of Steel Tour.
Touring the Carrie Blast Furnaces in Pittsburgh is a fantastic way to learn about the industrial heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania! The Carrie Blast Furnaces were in operation from 1884 until 1982, turning iron ore into purified, molten iron which was then used as an ingredient in the steel-making process. When the furnaces were closed in 1982, large swaths of the site...

Exploring Fort Roberdeau in Blair County

Exploring Fort Roberdeau in Blair County Pennsylvania.
Fort Roberdeau in Blair County was built in 1778 by American colonists during the Revolutionary War, and was occupied until 1780. The fort was originally erected by General Daniel Roberdeau to protect local lead mining activities from British loyalists and their Native Americans allies. Fort Roberdeau fell into disrepair after the Revolutionary War, but was reconstructed as a Bicentennial project in...

Experiencing the Bellefonte Cruise in Centre County

The Bellefonte Cruise Car Show in downtown Bellefonte Pennsylvania
The Bellefonte Cruise has been a popular Father's Day weekend event in historic Bellefonte since 1988. 2022 marks the 33rd year for the event, which takes place on the streets of downtown Bellefonte, the Centre County seat. On Friday night, an "open cruise" takes place from 6-7 pm, where you'll find plenty of classic cars cruising the streets of Bellefonte. On Saturday,...

Exploring Woodward Cave in Centre County

Exploring Woodward Cave in Centre County PA
Woodward Cave in Centre County contains 5 large rooms, hundreds of yards of tunnels and passageways, and the largest stalagmite in Pennsylvania! Operated as a "show cave" since 1926, Woodward Cave was known to the early European settlers in this region as Red Panther Cave. Red Panther was the son of the local Seneca chief, and legend has it that the...

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