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With August winding down, everyone is trying to squeeze a few more magical moments out of summer. Temperatures are still sweltering, so why not visit a waterpark? There are a couple of excellent water parks extremely close to Happy Valley. Each offers a little something different. Here’s what each has to offer: WildRiver Waterpark (Raystown) – The park features two, 380-foot twisting slides... MORE
August is National Golf Month. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to pick out some of Centre County's signature holes. The “signature hole” at a golf course is the one hole that the course has decided is the most aesthetically pleasing and most photogenic. A signature hole may or may not be representative of the golf course but because of its beauty or dramatic design it... MORE
The 143rd annual Centre County Grange Fair kicked off in grand style on Wednesday night, with the coronation of this year’s Grange Fair Queen. Megan Royer, a 2017 graduate of State College Area High School, claimed the crown. The event took place at the Fair’s Southside Stage. Royer was runner-up last year. Emma Spackman was crowned queen in 2016. A total of four young women from Centre... MORE
It just wouldn’t be a summer in Happy Valley without a huge event. This summer, Beaver Stadium played host to the Happy Valley Jam, an all-day country concert. The event was was a big success. In 2018, the big event will come in the form of an All-Star Game. It was recently announced that the State College Spikes will host the 2018 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, which will be... MORE
If it’s mid-August, it must be Ag Progress Days. The annual event will take place this week from Aug. 15-17 on 150 acres of farmland at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs along state Route 45 in Ferguson Township. What is Ag Progress Days? Well, it is one of the largest agricultural expositions in the East. The event features more than 500 commercial and... MORE
BELLEFONTE — It’s that time of year. The Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair is here once again. The 34th annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 If you’ve never been to the Bellefonte Arts and Crafts Fair, what are you waiting for? There truly is something for everyone, from jewelry to posters to mobiles. And if... MORE
Tussey Mountain has nailed down how to do year-round fun. With the snow long gone, their slopes become a backdrop for a summer’s worth of FUN. Check out what’s planned! WingFest: Every Thursday night through August 17 For 18 years, WingFest has been drawing thousands of hungry Central Pennsylvania residents and restaurants offering the best wings in Happy Valley competing for the title... MORE
Beat the heat this summer by hitting the pools and local swimming spots! Happy Valley has plenty of places for you to cool off on a relaxing summer day. Bald Eagle State Park This state park  has the perfect beach for swimming this summer. With a 12,000-foot-long sand and turf beach, as well as playgrounds and a snack bar, a day swimming here will be fun for the whole family. It’s... MORE
Happy Valley has a not-so-secret side that comes out during the summer. While the rest of the year revolves around students, football, and street construction, there’s a brief few weeks during the summer when State College and the surrounding areas bring out live music and canopy tents to showcase our creative side. While some of these festivals have been around for decades, others are holding... MORE
Every year, the apex of our summer is celebrated with art in remarkable shape and form: sidewalk sales, Italian street art, sand sculptures, and performances. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts runs July 13-16 as more than 125,000 people flock to downtown State College and University Park campus to celebrate the arts. You can shop at the nationally recognized Sidewalk Sale and... MORE

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