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2014 Annual Tourism Dinner

The Indiana county Tourist Bureau held its 2014 Annual Tourism Dinner at Luigi’s Ristorante in Clymer.

The event honored their agricultural and horticultural industry members who work hard year-round to enhance life and Tourism in Indiana County!

Those honored were:

Bees’ Best Friend

Evergreen Garden Club

Indiana Community Garden

Indiana Garden Club

Cookport Fair Presented by the Green Township

Community Association

Indiana County Fair Association

Ox Hill Community Agricultural Fair

Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farms L.L.C.

Georgette’s Herb Garden & Antiques

Gregg Van Horn’s Christmas Tree Farm

Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association

Indiana County Farmers’ Market

Stutzman Farms

Yarnick’s Farm Market

Andy’s Own

Silverbrook Fiber Arts & Sheepskins

Smicksburg Community Cheese

Country Winery and Vineyard

Disobedient Spirits

Montgomery Underground Winery

Raspberry Acres Winery

Windgate Vineyards & Winery

Mark A. Bertig V.P.; General Manager of Renda Broadcasting Corporation, was once again the EMCEE for the evening.

Music for the evening was provided by Fiddlin’ Joe’s Legacy.

Good food, good company, and good fun was enjoyed by all!

October 17, 2014   No Comments

Ghost Town Trail voted #4 of Top Ten Trails in Pennsylvania!

RTC( Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) asked the residents and visitors of Pennsylvania to tell them which trails deserve a Top 10 accolade.  They were flooded with responses. Thank you! This speaks volumes to the enthusiasm and passion that Pennsylvanians have for their trails. Click here for full story.

October 3, 2014   No Comments

Indiana County Tourist Bureau Fall 2014 Newsletter

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October 2, 2014   No Comments

Indiana proudly hosted the 31st Pennsylvania Governor’s Arts Awards on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014.

Click here to read more about the event and see more photos!

From left: Governor Tom Corbett, Michele Fabrizi and Eric Shiner, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Jeanne Gleason, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; composer Jennifer Higdon, Philadelphia; patron Myron Hay Tomb, Indiana, PA; patron Mark Pasquerilla, Johnstown; painter Robert Qualters, Pittsburgh; and First Lady Susan Corbett

October 1, 2014   No Comments

Ghost Town Trail Celebrates 20 Years!

The Ghost Town Trail totals 36 miles in Indiana and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania.  The trail was established in 1991 when the Kovalchick Salvage Company donated 16 miles of the former Ebensburg & Blacklick Railroad.  In 1993 the Cambria & Indiana Railroad donated an additional 4 miles from Rexis to White Mill Station know as the Rexis Branch.  In 2005 an additional 20 miles were added to the trail – 12 miles in Indiana County and 8 miles in Cambria County.  The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the trail as a National Recreation Trail.  The trail is open year-round for hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.

The Ghost Town Trail derives its name from numerous mining towns that once existed along the railroad corridor. Wehrum, the largest of the former towns, once had 230 houses, a hotel, company store, jail and bank.  Warren Delano, uncle of President Franklin Roosevelt, developed the town.  Other ghost towns include Bracken, Armerford, Lackawanna #3, Scott Glenn, Webster, Beula, and Claghorn.

The Ghost Town Trail runs from Black Lick to Ebensburg & Rexis Branch (Distance 36 miles)

Designated Access Areas:

*Saylor Park – Black Lick, PA

*Heshbon

*Dilltown

*Wehrum

*Rexis

*Twin Rocks

*Nanty Glo

*Ebensburg

 

 

July 21, 2014   No Comments

Tourist Bureau Attends Travel Shows

The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has been promoting heavily this year attending various travel shows in Ohio and Pennsylvania.    Maria Jack, Group Tour/Conference Associate attended the Heartland Travel Showcase in Toledo, Ohio, North Coast Golf Shows in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Pennsylvania Bus Association/Maryland Motorcoach Marketplace in Valley Forge, and Breakaway Show in New Castle.  Groups traveling by bus have seen continued growth, and the interest in visiting Indiana County has been part of that.  “It is refreshing and exciting to hear groups from all over the country inquire about the unique offerings our county has from the Jimmy Stewart Museum to Smicksburg, to Blairsville Underground Railroad Museum and all our outdoor venues from the Rails to Trails to Christmas Tree growing. I have met former residents, city dwellers looking for the small-town atmosphere, and golfers all hoping to share in the beauty and history of our area,” Jack remarks.  Tourism is the largest industry in the United States and the third largest industry to generate retail sales.  That all breaks down to dollars and jobs for our county and the Tourist Bureau works hard to secure our place in the market.  The shows brought together tour operators from Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.

March 31, 2014   No Comments

THE 2014 HARVEY AWARD RECIPIENT – CAROL BURNETT

Fundraising Gala
The HARVEY AWARD
Names
 CAROL BURNETT
THE 2014 HARVEY AWARD RECIPIENT! 

Museum President, Jeffrey Tobin announced today that the award winning actress and best-selling author and beloved television star will accept the award at a dinner ceremony at  Blairsville’s Chestnut Ridge Resort on Friday evening October 3rd. Tobin said “What a statement Carol Burnett has made, to offer her time and talents in support of our museum fundraiser. This gift is a testament to the life of Jimmy Stewart and to the value of continuing his legacy here in Indiana, PA. In spite of her hectic schedule, she chose to join us during our fundraiser to recognize his life and legacy.”

Rich Little to join the Festivities!
In addition to Ms. Burnett, the museum’s loyal group of old friends will be on hand to welcome Carol to Indiana and the gala event. Stewart daughters Judy Stewart and Kelly Stewart Harcourt are expected to attend. Longtime museum friend and supporter Rich Little will be on hand to congratulate his friend on this special honor.
Carol Burnett has been honored with Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice Awards, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor and countless other awards including The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

This event, the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, supports the ongoing operation of the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Pennsylvania. The Museum is a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation

DATE:  Friday, October 3rd 2014
LOCATION: The Chestnut Ridge Resort Ballroom, Blairsville, PA
TIME:   Reception and Cocktail Hour (Cash Bar), 6pm; Dinner and Award Ceremony, 7pm
COST:  $ 153. Per person
RESERVATIONS:   Credit card reservations may be made by calling the museum @ 724-349-6112. – Reservations close on 22 September

March 12, 2014   No Comments

ICTC agrees to host Challenger Center

Indiana County Technology Center and a community-based panel promoting science and space education have agreed to basing the Challenger Learning Center at the tech center campus north of Indiana. A reception in celebration of the Challenger Center was held Friday, January 10 at the ICTC, and what an amazing event it was!!

The students of ICTC did a wonderful job with the stage set, food and programs!  

It is overwhelming to think of the educational opportunities this center will offer our area students, let alone the impact this center will provide for Indiana County! The people of Indiana County owe a great deal of “thanks” to the many people who worked hard to make this all happen!

January 16, 2014   No Comments