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Monday, September 19, 2016

Van Wagner presents “Tall Timber” at First Fork Festival October 8th

Sinnemahoning - Van Wagner, songwriter, historian and Pennsylvania logger will present “Tall Timber” on Saturday, October 8th, at 2:00 PM, during the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Wagner’s “Tall Timber” program celebrates the past and present of the Pennsylvania timber industry. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from the Timber Country of Pennsylvania.

Van Wagner, a native of the Danville area, has worked for Daniel Logging in Idaho as well as on many independent logging projects in Pennsylvania. His songs have been performed all over the world and have been featured in several film productions. Enjoy this unique program as Wagner takes you on a journey through Pennsylvania's timber heritage.

This program reviews the past, present and future of Pennsylvania's Timber heritage. This program covers how timber was harvested over the past several centuries and most importantly WHO harvested it. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools spanning 200 years of logging history.

Van Wagner (right) will present his educational program, Tall Timber, at the First Fork Festival, on Saturday, October 8th, 2:00 PM, at Sinnemahoning State Park.
The program also focuses on the rafting days when millions of board feet of Pennsylvania Timber were assembled into various styles of rafts and piloted down our streams and rivers. Wagner was part of a group who built and piloted a 105 foot timber raft down a section of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. It was the first time a raft traveled that portion of water in a century.

The First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 8, from 12 noon to 5 PM. For a schedule of festival events or for more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Photo Credits: Sheila Singer, Sinnemahoning State Park volunteer.

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