6th Annual Racing Event Comes To Mercer County PA

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! Drivers will showcase their talents in more than 12 different classes of RC racing on both dirt oval and off-road racing tracks.

“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. Continue reading “6th Annual Racing Event Comes To Mercer County PA”

Find Great Deals, Discounts, Events, and Promotions on Small Business Saturday® in Mercer County, PA

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.  Simply bring your receipts to the Grove City Chamber at 119 South Broad Street, Grove City, PA from November 28 through December 2, 2016, and be entered into a drawing.  One of those entries will be drawn to win the $100 pre-paid gift card.

Greenville area merchants are offering discounts on merchandise and gift certificates. Shoppers will also find great sales. For specific sales and promotions, please call the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at 724-588-7150.

Mercer Area, PA, local businesses are participating in SBS® by giving discounts and free tote bags while supplies last. For more information, call the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce at 724-662-4185.

In the Shenango Valley area, you can kick off the holiday season on SBS® with the “Holiday Extravaganza” in Downtown Sharon, PA, as dozens of local merchants provide thousands of dollars in prizes! The “DownTown ShopAround” starts at 10 a.m. with carolers, art, and food vendors and free trolley rides. Night of Lights starts at 6 p.m. Festivities include musical and dance performances, free refreshments, horse-drawn sleigh, ceremonial lighting of the tree and Christmas Cherub, Santa’s arrival, and fireworks.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Celebrate the Season with Holiday Fun in Mercer County, PA

Holiday and Christmas Events Near Pittsburgh and Erie, PA

By Peggy Mazyck

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.

Mercer County PA Holiday Events

Kraynak’s Christmasland — September 10 – December 31

Imagine a world of make-believe with twinkling lights, glittering trees, and a magical array of life-like characters.”Santa’s Christmas Land” is a 300-foot, indoor starlight avenue of uniquely designed artificial Christmas trees. Each tree has a specific theme that is enhanced and complimented by surrounding scenery and a cast of life-like animated characters. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.  724-347- 4511.

Hermitage Holiday Light Parade – Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

This annual event features over 80 participants in various categories. The parade begins at the intersection of East State Street and North Kerrwood Drive, travels east to the intersection of East State Street and Route 18, turns left, and proceeds to the entrance of the Shenango Valley Mall. This widely anticipated community event draws over 15,000 people to the Hermitage Business District.  724-983-0900

Christmas In The Park at Grove City Memorial Park – Nov. 25 – Jan. 2

Enjoy a drive through lighted Christmas displays from area businesses and organizations. Candy canes will be given out on weekends in December. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.  724-458-6410.

Hemitage Historical Society Christmas Tours – Nov. 26 – 27 Festival of Christmas Trees.  A 150-year-old brick Victorian, home of the Hermitage Historical Society, is decorated for the holidays with 30-plus trees, 13 rooms, halls, and grounds. Sat. and Sun.: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 724-981-4843

Noel Night in Volant –Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sample delicious holiday treats. Enjoy special offers and strolling entertainment in the magically lit village of Volant. A must for your holiday tradition.  724-533-5611.

Olde Town Grove City Light Up Night – Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy the holiday spirit when Olde Towne Grove City lights up.  Carolers, and open house atmosphere, hayrides and of course Santa rides into town.  724-458-0301.

Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade – Dec. 3, 5 p.m.

The parade travels from Main St. in Greenville to Central Park. Parade by lights, visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate in Central Park following the parade.  724-588-7150.

Enjoy plenty of holiday and Christmas events in Mercer County, PA.

Western Pennsylvania’s Number One Shopping Destination, the Grove City Premium Outlets, Welcomes Visitors to Mercer County, PA for Holiday Deals

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, are known for spectacular savings on fall and holiday merchandise.

The widely popular and much anticipated “Thanksgiving Weekend Sale” at the Grove City Premium Outlets offers extended shopping hours for the holidays. The outlet opens on November 24 at 6 p.m. – midnight; November 25, midnight – 10 p.m.; November 26, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; November 27, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; November 28, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Each Saturday, November 26 – December 24 from noon – 2 p.m., the Outlets host “Strolling Santa” so the entire family can visit with Santa while shopping for holiday gifts.

The Hampton Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, and Candlewood Suites of Grove City, PA, are providing a complimentary hourly shuttle to and from the Grove City Premium Outlets for Black Friday starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 24, running until 1 p.m. on Friday, November 25. This is the only shuttle service being provided to the Outlets and is exclusive to listed hotels’ guests only.

About Mercer County, PA
Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon, PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Kraynak’s Santa’s Christmasland: A One-of-a-Kind Attraction Delighting Visitors in Mercer County, PA for More Than 50 Years!

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 decorated      Christmas trees and life-like animated figures. Visiting the display has become “A Family Tradition”!

For 2016, there are over 65 sparkling artificial Christmas trees, each with their own theme. Some of the animated themes this year include Rustic Cabin, The Grinch, Americana, and many more.

Visitors will also enjoy browsing Kraynak’s 12,000 square foot Toyland that has a great selection of games and toys for children of all ages. There is a 30,000 square foot gift shop with decorations for the home, church, or business. Kraynak’s also features a flower boutique shop, greenhouse, model trains and accessories, and a candy department. These departments are open year-round.

Admission to Santa’s Christmasland is free. Bus tours and groups are welcome. Groups wishing to visit are asked to call and make reservations at 724-347-4511. Kraynak’s is located at 2525 East State Street, Hermitage, PA 16148.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon PA, outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Experience Fall Foliage at Its Best on Road Trips in Mercer County, PA

Fall Foliage tours near Pittsburgh and Cleveland

By Peggy Mazyck

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 N

From Pittsburgh, travel I-376 to Rt. 18 North, turning right turn onto Rt. 208 East. This self- driving tour winds through New Wilmington, Volant, and Grove City, PA. On this tour, you will be captivated by the old order Amish communities and the scenic countryside. Look closely for the small signs showing Amish homes and shops selling baked goods, handmade crafts, furniture, quilts, and other unique items. Places of interest on Driving Tour 1 include THE APPLE CASTLE, THE CHEESE HOUSE, THE AMISH QUILT SHOP, WINERIES, THE TAVERN ON THE SQAURE RESTAURANT, and the charming villages of NEW WILMINGTON AND VOLANT. Stay on Route 208 East towards Grove City. Enjoy stops at WENDELL AUGUST for handcrafted metal giftware and GROVE CITY PREMIUM OUTLETS, which is Pennsylvania’s premiere shopping destination with over 130 brand-name outlet stores. Numerous quality accommodations are near Grove City Premium Outlets, so stay overnight and enjoy Self-Driving Tour 2 the next day.

SELF-DRIVING TOUR 2: (Route 258 N to Mercer and Clark)

From Grove City Premium Outlets, travel Route 258 North to Mercer. Cross over Rt. 19 at the Courthouse Square to again pick up Rt. 258 North and travel back roads along the Shenango River to Clark, home of Tara – A Country Inn.

Places of interest on Driving Tour 2 are the Historic Village of Mercer, where you can enjoy various shops and restaurants on the COURTHOUSE SQUARE. Two renowned Mercer County restaurants, RACHEL’S ROADHOUSE or IRON BRIDGE INN are just a few miles from the Courthouse Square on Rt. 19. TARA – A COUNTRY INN is about 30 minutes from the Courthouse Square at the intersection of Rt. 258 and Rt.18. This luxurious inn offers the opportunity to escape from the ordinary with picture-perfect vistas on the grounds and tours of a world class inn. You will need a reservation to take a guided tour.

Why do leaves change colors in the Fall?

Leaves change colors in the fall because that is the time when trees stop producing the pigment chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color.

Three romantic getaway ideas under 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, Erie or Cleveland

What are you doing for a Romantic Getaway

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.

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Fabulous Fall Events Delight All Ages in Mercer County, PA

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. Fall Travel to Mercer Countythrough November 6 and showcases many activities. Included with admission are a corn maze, indoor hay maze, hayride, pedal tractor racetrack, two 40′ mountain slides, and barnyard board game. For an additional fee, guests can enjoy mechanical bull riding, gemstone mining, pony rides, cow train, and pumpkin blaster. www.coolspringmaze.com

The Corn Maze & Fall Fun at Irons Mill Farmstead in New Wilmington, PA, is open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through October 30. At the farmstead, partake in over 30 attractions such as hayrides, corn maze, corn cob beach, slides, pumpkin patch, jumping pillows, pig races, Irons Mill Hill, pumpkin bowling, climb Mt. Arthur, buckaroo ball town, duck races, playground and more. There are additional fees for farmstead express, apple sling shot, and to rent a campfire. www.ironsmillfarmstead.com

Fair Haven Farms in Grove City, PA, is a destination for all fall family activities. The Fall Festival is open to the public, Saturdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon – 7 p.m. through October 30. Pumpkins and fall decorations are available to purchase. The admission fee includes the corn maze and a hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can choose a pumpkin for purchase right from the field. Other activities featured are giant slides, hamster wheels, tepee tunnel, Straw Mountain, tire extravaganza, a corn crib to play in and much more. www.fairhavenfarms.net

Hell’s Hollow Haunt in Mercer, PA, is a two-attraction haunt with the three-story Bloody Barn, the Haunted Hay Wagon of Horror, and a free walk through the Frightening Field of Corn. Open October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28, 29 and 30, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.hellshollowhaunt.com

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

WaterFire Sharon Finishes Season on September 24, 2016 in Mercer County, PA

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. Other special attractions include the nature and art Native American-themed wood carvings created by artist Michael Long. A historic walking tour will be offered at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., meeting at Vine Avenue and East State Street. Food vendors will be at the WaterFire Food Court in the parking lot on South Dock Street serving roast beef sandwiches, gyros, and much more. Restaurants in downtown Sharon will also be serving their own delicious creations.

Entertainment will cover a large range of genres including Blues, Country, Folk Rock, American Originals, Jazz, and Funk Fusion by musicians Crash the Great, Jeff Fetterman Band, Chris Higbee Acoustic, Juvenile Characteristics, Demos Papadimas, Guys without Ties, Cosmic Lemons and Jones for Revival.

Behind PNC Bank on Chestnut Street, children will enjoy fabulous activities including coaster making and interactive and educational displays on the monarch butterfly. Robotics skills will be demonstrated.  Children can also participate in fun activities such as karaoke, bean bag toss, and putt-putt golf. There will be a petting zoo at Bicentennial Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Be sure to mark your calendars with the 2017 WaterFire Sharon, PA dates:  July 15, August 19 and September 23.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.