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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo

A weekend of excitement at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo August 15 & 16 at the Elk Country Visitor Center

Mid- August is an exciting time for Elk Country. The elk rut is just around the corner and the area is about to see an increasing number of tourists who will be staying at local lodging facilities, eating at our local restaurants and frequenting our stores for nearly three months, into early November. But before the elk viewing season gets into full swing the Keystone Elk Country Alliance and the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, the regional tourism promotion agency, host the biggest elk celebration in the northeast during the annual Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, held on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center.

According to event organizers, the Elk Expo will feature a presentation by Pennsylvania Game Commission elk biologist Jeremy Banfield, turkey calling contests, elk bugling contests and more than 90 vendors to help ensure great entertainment, food and a good time for the whole family. Other featured programing includes music from Six-Pak, The Dusty Trout and Nick Forsyth. You won’t want to miss presentations by KECA staff including a bluebird seminar, paracord survival bracelet making and more. Even Punxsutawney Phil wanted to be part of the action and will be at the Elk Expo for the weekend!

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold their annual Elk License Drawing at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Over 100 licenses will be awarded this year to hunters who have applied for a license before the July 31 deadline. On Sunday at 1 p.m. the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will hold their Elk License Raffle Drawing for the second annual Conservation Tag. Raffle tickets will be available at the event until noon on Sunday.

An estimated 12,000 people visited the Elk Expo in 2014 from New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and much of Pennsylvania. Carla Wehler, Operations Manager for the Keystone Elk Country Alliance says “We are a showcase for conservation in Pennsylvania for elk and all wildlife.” She added that it’s great to see people with such a genuine interest in the future of the thriving elk herd, currently numbering over 900 animals.

The 2015 Elk Expo will be held Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttle service will be available to visitors from the old Benezette School House. Shuttles and vehicles with handicap tags will have parking on the grounds. Pets are not permitted on Elk Country Visitor Center grounds. Also as a reminder, elk are free roaming, wild animals and visitors are asked to use caution and keep a safe distance when in their vicinity.

For more information visit the Elk Expo official website, or call the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at 814-849-5197.

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