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Happy Valley's Backyard Is Celebrating: It's Huntingdon's 250th!
Nestled in the hills beside the Juniata River, Huntingdon is one of the oldest settlements in Pennsylvania. It's also the closest town to Raystown Lake, one of our very favorite places to play. Raystown has been called Happy Valley's backyard and it earns the name with a bevy of lodges and house boats, beaches, picnic areas, bike trails and more to keep us having fun all summer long.
But if you've just checked out what Raystown Lake has to offer and not explored Huntingdon, you are missing out! It was named one of the Coolest Small Towns in the United States by Budget Travel magazine readers in 2009 and in 2015 was chosen as the 7th Best City in Pennsylvania to Retire by Niche.com.
This cool little town turns 250 this year, and boy, does it plan to celebrate! Check out some of the festivities – you can add them on to your next Happy Valley weekend adventure! For more information, like their page at www.Facebook.com/HDonPA250 and keep track of the #HdonPA250 festivities all season long.
THE MAIN EVENT
Enjoy a weekend filled with activities including a walking tour, farmers market, concert, reenactment encampment, parade, fair and more. There's even a beard and mustache competition! For a complete schedule of events, go to Facebook.com/HDonPA250.
Beard and Mustache Competition
Beard and Mustache Competition by Martin's Barber School during the community festivities on June 8-11.
"Our Town" at the Playhouse at McConnellstown
June 2-4 and 8-11
“Our Town” will be performed in honor of the 250th.
Concerts on the Quad
June 8 at 6:30 pm
The Big Band Sound will kick off the first of five outdoor Concerts on the Quad with favorites from six decades. Jazz, swing, blues, rock, dance favorites, and some very newly arranged charts entertain audiences. The concerts are on the Juniata College quad, in front of the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts. Free!
250 Mile Bicycle Ride
A 250 mile bicycle route is being planned by the local biking community. A “figure eight” loop route is planned that intersects the historic downtown Huntingdon, Pennsylvania business district. Exact route will be linked at www.Raystown.org when available.
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