by Peggy Mazyck Experience excitement and fun at Mercer County farm attractions this fall. Numerous corn mazes offer aMAZEing entertainment for all ages and Mercer County agriculture is offering a farm tour and FREE meal made with locally-raised products at their “Brunch on the Farm.” This year, Coolspring Corn Maze is showcasing “The Greatest Maze on … Continue reading “It’s Sure to be an aMAZEing Time!”Read More
MERCER COUNTY, Pa. – On Saturday, September 16 from 4 – 7 p.m. in Grove City’s Memorial Park, the Grove City Chamber is hosting its 4th Annual Foodie Fest. This event will be held in the Highland and Joseph D. Monteleone picnic shelters. “Foodie Fest is an incredible event that is fun for all ages,” … Continue reading “Sample Delectable Local Fare from Area Restaurants and Food Purveyors at the 4th Annual Grove City Area Foodie Fest in Mercer County, PA”Read More
Mercer County, PA – Pedal the Lakes bicycle tour is Saturday, September 2, 2017, beginning in Greenville, Pa. It has multiple distances for all abilities and visits many of northwestern Pennsylvania’s and Ohio’s waterways and lakes. Within a 90-minute drive from Erie, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, the full-service tour in beautiful western PA and northeast Ohio … Continue reading “The 21st Annual Pedal the Lakes Bicycle Tour Showcases Scenic Lakes and Rolling Hills of Beautiful Mercer County, PA”Read More
by Peggy Mazyck Thousands of Mercer County, PA area residents and visitors flock to Buhl Farm Park each Labor Day to enjoy Buhl Day festivities. The day includes a 5k run, parade, food booth, live performances, art and photography shows, a mermaid exhibition, car show, children games and activities, and much more. This year will also … Continue reading “A Lasting Legacy: Buhl Farm Park in Mercer County, PA”Read More
Celebrity Series Celebrates 50 Years of Bringing World-Class Entertainment to the Mercer County, PA Region NEW WILMINGTON, PA – Celebrity Series at Westminster College announces its schedule for an exciting 2017-2018 season, jam-packed with homages to the classic sounds of Paul McCartney and the king of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. The 50th anniversary season will … Continue reading “Celebrity Series Celebrates 50 Years of Bringing World Class Entertainment to the Mercer County, PA Region”Read More
Mercer County, PA – Mercer County, PA welcomes the opening of the Cobblestone Hotel & Suites in Greenville, PA. The Cobblestone Hotels brands offer guests “Big City Quality . . . Small Town Values.” The hotel, which had its grand opening on July 11, 2017, will cater to tourists and business travelers, as well as … Continue reading “Mercer County, PA Welcomes a Fabulous New Hotel Property”Read More
by Peggy Mazyck If you have an event where friends, family, or business associates are traveling from Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Erie, then your midway location is Mercer County, PA. Travel from any of these locations to Mercer County is less than ninety minutes’ drive time. Mercer County is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Traveling … Continue reading “Midway Between Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland . . . Mercer County, PA Is a Great Meeting Location”Read More
Mercer County, PA – WaterFire Sharon, PA, a free art, music, food and performance festival, will kick off the first of three summer series on July 15, 2017, with the theme “Back to Our Roots – Honoring Ancestry.” The family and pet-friendly event begins with artists and food vendors at noon and entertainment at one … Continue reading “WaterFire Sharon Kicks Off the 2017 Season on July 15, 2017 in Mercer County, PA”Read More
Mercer County, PA – The 10th Annual Greenville Heritage Days Festival runs from June 30-July 2, 2017. The three-day festival, sponsored by the Greenville Museum Alliance: The Waugh House, The Railroad Park Museum and the Canal Museum, showcases the rich history of the community. Visitors to the festival can participate in a 5K run, feast on … Continue reading “Heritage Days Festival Exudes Small-Town Charm in Mercer County, PA”Read More
by Peggy Mazyck The Springfield Restaurant Group started with the purchase of a small, run-down bar that no longer received much patronage because the once bustling traffic on Rt. 19 was gone. In earlier years, this road had been in constant use as the Pittsburgh to Erie thruway. Residents of Victorian Mercer remember a time … Continue reading “Springfield Restaurant Group … An Awesome Transformation”Read More
Mercer, PA – Two of the highest honors given by VisitMercerCountyPA, the tourist promotion agency for Mercer County, PA, are the Bill Knecht Tourism Award and the James E. Winner Jr. Tourism Initiative Award. For 2017, George Kraynak has been selected to receive the Bill Knecht Tourism Award and John and Robin Raskob, owners of Big Dog … Continue reading “Mercer County Tourism Promotion Agency to Present Awards at Annual Dinner on June 15”Read More
The 27th Annual Grove City Strawberry Days will be held Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11 at the Grove City Memorial Park, 58 West, West Main Street, Grove City, PA 16127. The three-day festival is loaded with crafters, live entertainment, a smorgasbord of food, and a wide assortment of kids’ activities at the Shortcake Patch.Read More
Warm temperatures and sunny skies offer the perfect time to enjoy an adventure on Hell’s Hollow Wildlife Adventure Trail in Mercer County, PA. The four-mile trek through hills and valleys offers fascinating historical, environmental, and wildlife sights. The trail is situated among 100 acres of scenic forest. One different aspect of the tour is that you can choose to explore the trail on a trail buggy instead of walking or biking. Sights to enjoy along the trail include a cascading waterfall (Spirit Falls), beaver dams, deer, wild turkeys, eagles.Read More
Mercer County, PA – On Saturday, May 27, 2017, 500 American Flags will be raised throughout the borough of Mercer in preparation for the 15th Annual Mercer Memorial Day 500. The Mercer Memorial Day 500, honoring American Veterans, will be celebrated on Monday, May 29, 2017, from 8:30 a. m. to 1 p.m.
At 8:30 a.m., the celebration will start with the Mercer Memorial Day 500 Freedom Fun Run 5K.Various activities around the Courthouse Square will include the opening ceremony and reception honoring the veterans, a military expo, a prayer service at the old Mercer Graveyard, the music of Brett Allen Morgan.Read More
Mercer County, PA – The Small Ships Revue, hosted by Quaker Steak & Lube, is an “anything-that-floats” event held on the Shenango River in downtown Sharon.
Additional events that day include the Small “Shops” Revue and the Lucky Ducky Race. Starting at 10 a.m., the merchants of the Greater Sharon Associates will be hosting the Small “Shops” Review in honor of the Small Ships Revue.Read More
Mercer County, PA is an ideal playground for diverse outdoor activities. On land, water or air, visitors will delight in the beauty of the region’s wonderful outdoors. There is something special about outdoor activities that develop closer connections, makes getting healthy fun, and leads to an adventure you will long remember.
VisitMercerCountyPA has identified key hiking, biking and water trails that you will love. Take a friend or your family and hike or bike the 12-mile scenic multi-use paved trail that loops around Lake Wilhelm at Maurice K. Goddard State Park.Read More
Mercer County, PA – A wonderful family event, the National Button Accordion Festival, is coming to Mercer County, PA, for the 2017 Memorial Day Weekend of May 26, 27 and 28, 2017. The festival host is the Apollo Maennerchor Club on 291 South Dock Street in downtown Sharon, PA. Visitors can grab their accordion and dancing shoes.
Featured instruments for the eleventh year of the festival include the diatonic button accordion and the piano accordion.Read More
Mercer County, PA – This April, visitors to Mercer County, PA can visit two chocolate factory shops for a tour and delicious sweet samples. There will be something for every member of the family, from children to grandparents, to enjoy.
FACTORY TOUR AT PHILADELPHIA CANDIES
Visitors are invited to tour the factory and experience chocolates being made at the 35,000 square foot manufacturing facility on April 1, 2017. Both adults and children are certain to be delighted by the chocolate-making process. All patrons receive a complimentary sample from the Easter Bunny. Guests can register to win one of three prizes.Read More
Spring is here, and it’s time to plan an outdoor adventure that the entire family will enjoy. The Shenango River Water trail offers 1, 4, 8, 12 or 23 miles of fun.
The trail is class I rapids, with a few riffles to add some spice as it flows gently through canopy forests and pastureland. The total distance is about 23 miles, but numerous take out/launch sites provide convenient points to match diverse interests.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Guys and Dolls, a hit musical since its 1950 Broadway premiere, is based on Damon Runyon’s stories of gangsters and gamblers of the New York underworld in the 1920s and 1930s. Frank Sinatra incarnated Nathan Detroit, and Marlon Brando played Sky Masterson in the one and only singing role of his career. Detroit pleads, “Luck be a Lady” when a roll of the dice decides his fate.
The Area Community Theatre of Sharpsville (ACTS) has assembled a talented cast that will showcase the hit Broadway musical Guys and Dolls March 17 – 26, 2017, at the Pierce Opera House at 100 N Mercer Ave, Sharpsville, PA 16150.Read More
It’s not too early to schedule your group golf outing to Mercer County. The Mercer County Golf Trail travels from the Grove City Area of Mercer County to the Shenango Valley and bordering Ohio area. The trail is an outstanding choice for overnight golf trips from Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
There is no shortage of golf courses or challenging holes in Mercer County. Here you will find a variety of 4 and 4 ½ star courses within a half hour or less drive of each other. The area has become a mecca for golf groups looking for great courses and great value.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Every winter/spring during the Easter season in Mercer County, PA, families flock to a very special place to view an extraordinary attraction. Kraynak’s Easter Bunny Lane in Hermitage, PA, will open this year on February 20 and will be on display through April 17. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kraynak’s is closed Easter Sunday.
Visitors to Kraynak’s are welcomed by a one-of-a-kind attraction known as “Easter Bunny Lane,” a 300-foot long indoor avenue decorated in an Easter theme. Enjoy the first blossoms of spring with lighted trees and animated figures at work and play.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Spend the day at Buhl Park on Sunday, February 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy the wonderful things that winter has to offer. There will be plenty of outdoor activities, including dogsled demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, a snow angel area, a freeze-pop scavenger hunt and the Great Snowman Challenge. The Youngstown Phantoms, a minor league hockey team, will be on hand to sign autographs and add to the fun.
One of our area’s favorite storytellers, Miss Victoria, will share Snowzilla by Janet Lawler and spin a few of her own wonderful tales about snowmen and even a snow lady.Read More
The charming Bed & Breakfasts (B & Bs) and Inns in the Mercer County, PA, area provide the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the work week. If you are looking for some quiet time away in a unique setting, check into a Mercer County Bed and Breakfast or Country Inn. The rooms in these accommodations display a distinctive personality. Each room is decorated differently and themed after a famous person or activity. The innkeepers provide personal service and offer a wealth of inside knowledge on the best places to go and things to do.
In the Mercer area of the County, Casa Da Costa Bed & Breakfast is a stunning historic brick Greek Revival style home built in 1929.Read More
The Candlewood Suites, Grove City, PA offers 82 guest rooms with fully equipped kitchens, 42-inch flat screen HDTVs, DVD players, plush recliners, and executive work stations. The hotel features a heated outdoor pool in the summer months, is pet friendly, and has an outdoor gazebo grill area.
Other amenities include free guest laundry, an expanded, free 24-hour fitness center, business center, and the Candlewood Cupboard, offering a variety of food, beverages, and personal care items to purchase. Candlewood Suites is ideal for the extended business traveler, relocating families, or anyone displaced from their home from an unfortunate circumstances such as a fire or flood.Read More
Mercer County, PA – From now through May 2017, visitors to Mercer County, PA can enjoy Dave Martin’s Bullride Mania Rodeos at Sundance Arena’s heated indoor arena in Fredonia, PA.
The shows take place every first Saturday of the month from now through May 2017 and also on the third Saturday in January, February and March. Special edition rodeos will be held on February 11 and February 25, 2017.Read More
The holiday season is a wonderful time to experience the transformation that’s occurring in the downtowns of Mercer County. You don’t have to travel far to find one-of-a kind gifts, outstanding service, great dining experiences, and enjoyment of the arts. This holiday season, discover the treasures in your own back yard. The downtowns of Mercer County will delight you with the options they present. Mercer County PA shopping, dining, and activities are yours to enjoy!
If you haven’t been to downtown Sharon lately, you are missing out because a new Downtown Sharon has emerged in the last few years.Read More
Big Dog RC will host the 6th Annual “Show Down in the Snow” Indoor RC (remote control) Car Racing event on December 17, 2016. The event draws amateur and professional drivers from around the eastern United States and Canada who will drive their 1/10 scale cars at scale speeds of over 400 miles per hour!
“Last year, the event had over 230 entries,” said John Raskob, who owns Big Dog RC with his wife, Robin. “We had drivers ranging from 5 to 75 years old, with both men and women competing,” John said.Read More
Centrally located near Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland, Grove City Premium Outlets is one of America’s top 10 outlet centers. It’s a shopper’s paradise with over 130 of your favorite brand name stores and a food-court with a large variety of menus to choose from. Their “Black Friday” savings start early at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Just down the street from the Outlets, is the Wendell August where you will find all kinds hand crafted metal gifts including purses, ornaments, home décor, tableware and much more. From the Grove City area take a short road trip Reyers, the World’s Largest Shoe Store in Sharon where you’ll find the perfect size, style and brand of shoes for every occasion. Select from over 175,000 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes in all sizes.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Visitors to Mercer County, PA, can take advantage of “Shop Local” Small Business Saturday® promotions that encourage shoppers to patronize and support small local businesses.
This year, Small Business Saturday® (SBS®) is on November 26. Participating Downtown Greenville, Grove City, Mercer, and Shenango Valley businesses will have “Shop Local” promotions.
Highlights in Downtown Grove City will be offering a special promotion for the “Shop Local” campaign. Shoppers spending at least $100 at locally-owned stores on Saturday, November 26, can be entered to win a $100 pre-paid gift card.Read More
Mercer County PA showcases a spectacular line-up of holiday celebrations to thrill the whole family. Bring your friends and family– it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate while kids are home from school and family members have traveled in for the holidays! Take a road trip to Mercer County PA and experience a calmer, less hectic holiday season without the hassle of traffic jams and high parking fees. In most cases, you can park directly in front of the attraction or event you want to visit at no cost. Mercer County PA is centrally located near Pittsburgh, Erie, PA, and Cleveland, OH.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Every year in November, visitors to Mercer County, PA, enjoy unmatched shopping deals with extended holiday hours at the Grove City Premium Outlets.
Get a jump on holiday shopping at the Grove City Premium Outlets at their “Wrap it up Early Sale” November 11 – 13, 2016. The Grove City Premium Outlets, western Pennsylvania’s premium shopping destination with over 130 name-brand outlet stores,Read More
Mercer County, PA – Every fall and winter in Mercer County, PA, families flock to a very special place to view an extraordinary attraction. Kraynak’s Santa’s Christmasland in Hermitage, PA, opens each year on September 10 and runs through December 31. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kraynak’s is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Visitors to Kraynak’s are welcomed by a one-of-a-kind attraction known as “Santa’s Christmasland,” a 300 ft. long indoor avenue of decoratedRead More
Mid-October through the end of October is the perfect time to plan your getaway to Mercer County PA. The county’s location near Pittsburgh offers less than 90 minutes travel time for great attractions and a spectacular display of colors as you travel back roads through scenic countryside communities. Take a drive along some of the routes suggested below to experience the best of Mercer County’s changing leaf colors and vistas.
SELF – DRIVING TOUR 1: Exit 10 (Mitchell Rd Exit) off I-376 to Rt. 18 NRead More
Any time of the year is a perfect time for a romantic getaway to Mercer County. Several options are just 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland. Try these romantic getaways and experience again the love and magic of sharing a special time with that special person. Your weekend trip to Mercer County will leave you feeling pampered and cherished. Pair an overnight stay with a wine and brew tour, spa services for couples and intimate dining at exceptional restaurants.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Visitors to Mercer County, PA, will have several family-friendly activities to enjoy each weekend in October and the first weekend in November. Now through November 6, 2016, gather your family and friends and “get lost” in a corn maze, take a hayride, or get frightened at a haunted barn.
Coolspring Corn Maze & Farm Market in Mercer, PA, is open Fridays 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.Read More
Mercer County, PA – WaterFire Sharon, PA, will finish the 2016 season with the theme “Destination Imagination.” The Saturday, September 24 event starts with artists and food vendors at noon and entertainment at one of three stages starting at 1 p.m. ending at 11 p.m. The much-anticipated lighting of the braziers on the Shenango River will be at dusk.
WaterFire Sharon will host over 65 artisans and non-profit organizations in downtown Sharon, PA. Each will be selling and showcasing their specialties including fine arts, crafts, jewelry and more.Read More
By Peggy Mazyck Farm tours are all the trend this year and during mid-September, Mercer County, PA, is offering two great events that will allow the public to experience farm life up close and personal. On September 17 and 18, 2016, the 32nd annual Mercer County Country Tour provides two great days of fun and … Continue reading “Experience Farm Life, Free Brunch, and Scenic Countryside Tours”Read More
The Mercer County Country “Drive it Yourself” Tour kicks off with a free Brunch on the Square in Mercer, PA on September 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon.
At the brunch, farmers from the tri-county area will provide locally-produced foods. The brunch will include beef, sausage, potatoes, corn, eggs, dairy, and more from Mercer, Erie, and Crawford counties. For FREE brunch tickets register at: http://www.mercercountyagdevelopment.com/ or pick tickets up at the following locations: Mercer County Visitors Center, Sharon; Hermitage Agway; Ritenour Equipment, Hadley; Western Reserve Farm Cooperative, New Wilmington; Grove City Agway; and the Mercer County Extension Center, Mercer.Read More
Mercer County, PA – Enjoy a day of fun activities on a 163-acre working farm located two miles from the Mercer County Courthouse on Route 58 west. Munnell Run Farm Foundation will host their 12th Annual Munnell Run Farm Day.
Events scheduled throughout the day include displays by local artists and craftsman, a farmer’s market, food vendors, children’s activities, and more.Read More
With a customized itinerary in hand, two mothers and two daughters from the Pittsburgh area joined me on a tour along the Mercer County Wine Trail. The group wanted time together to celebrate before their daughters started graduate school in the fall. The Mercer County Wine Trail impressed them as a perfect opportunity to have fun together and make special memories.
A Getaway Weekend at Tara-A Country Inn
For their getaway, the group chose a weekend stay at Tara – A Country Inn with a five-hour wine tour on Saturday starting at 11 a.m. While gathered on the front porch at Tara to await transportation.Read More
MERCER COUNTY, PA – The Mercer County PA Wine and Brew Trail is off to a great start with eight wineries and three breweries for groups and individual travelers to enjoy when visiting this charming northwestern PA county.
VisitMercerCountyPA provides customized itineraries that include at least three stops on the wine trail, brew trail, or both. Featured in each itinerary are tastings, a production tour, snacks, and a distinctive meal and entertainment at one of the stops.Read More