ANF sets Centennial Celebration Sept. 24

The USDA Forest Service announced the schedule of events for the Allegheny National Forest Centennial Celebration on Sunday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area.

Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with food trucks, beverage vendors, history displays, kids’ activities, and more happening all day long. The opening ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. featuring prominent speakers, a cake-cutting ceremony, and a centennial tree planting to signify another 100 years of growth.

The event will include live music from headlining bands TakeSolo at 3:15 p.m. and One Last Breath at 5 p.m., and from acoustic musicians at various times throughout the grounds. Admission is free to the family-friendly event that also includes guided nature hikes, guided history walks, an expo of organizations, face painting, and appearances by Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl. Additional details are in the attached event flyer.

The celebration at Twin Lakes Recreation Area is the signature event for a weekend of exciting opportunities that include the ANF100 Juried Art Exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery, ANF on Film: A Hunter’s/Angler’s Guide to ANF at the Struthers Library Theatre, and the Jakes Rocks Trail Fest at Kinzua Beach. Partners and local businesses have sponsored additional activities that include a 100-mile Hiking Challenge, a 100-mile Paddle Challenge and a Centennial Geocache Trail.


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