Talleyrand Park Bellefonte, PA 16823
By Sean Yoder
An hour and a half north from the populated and busy southcentral Pennsylvania, Bellefonte is well-positioned as both an outdoor destination in its own right, and gateway to The PA Wilds.
Organizers of the first Outdoor Adventure Expo hope to tie these threads together and connect recreation enthusiasts with vendors, while at the same time showcasing opportunities in central Pennsylvania.
Visitors of all ages are invited to the expo, slated for noon to 5 p.m. June 9 at Talleyrand Park in Bellefonte. There is no cost to attend the expo, though some workshops may require a fee. Free parking is available in the nearby public municipal lots. Local food trucks will also be available.
Troy Weston, expo organizer and Bellefonte business owner, said he hopes to educate visitors to the cool people and places the area has to offer.
“We are surrounded by so many great ways to explore the outdoors,” he said, “Whether it is hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, running or fishing — we have an abundance of local natural resources for fun.”
There is still time for vendors to participate. To sign up, fill out the form here.
A full afternoon of workshops is planned for June 9, including kayaking demos by Mach 1 Kayak and Tussey Mountain Outfitters, bike safety and BMX demos and fly fishing. Attendees can learn about the local state parks, and Purple Lizard Maps will be providing map reading demos. Elite Edge Athletics and Tri-Yoga will be on hand help people warm up (or down) their bodies.
Visitors can also enter to win a vintage canoe door prize. There will also be a silent auction courtesy of local merchants.
Ultimately, Weston said, organizers hope to increase awareness of everything Bellefonte has to offer in outdoor tourism.
“Bellefonte is at the center of all these cool things happening in the area,” Weston said. “We have a world renowned fly fishing stream running through the town and numerous places to explore while hiking. We have several state parks and mountain biking trails within minutes of the downtown. A boost to our outdoor adventure tourism would be a boost to our local economy.”
This expo is part of an initiative through Downtown Bellefonte Inc. to boost economic development within the area.
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