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PENNSYLVANIA SKI RESORTS WELCOME FALL WITH FESTIVALS, BREWS, RACES, AND A CORNUCOPIA OF SPECIAL EVENTS

White Haven, PA – Sept. 8, 2017 – The air is crisp and the leaves are transitioning from green to a dazzling display of nature's finest colors. Autumn is here! It is the perfect time to head to your favorite Pennsylvania Ski Resort for not only some eye-popping foliage, but also a chance to enjoy some of the season's best celebrations and events. The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association has announced a host of events for nature lovers and festival goers alike to enjoy all season long from Oktoberfest and traditional Fall Festival celebrations to haunted houses, costume parties and even a marathon or two.

Following are highlights of the 2017 Fall Event Schedule:

FALL EVENTS AT PENNSYLVANIA SKI AREA RESORTS

Friday, September 15 through Sunday, September 17

Mother Earth News Fair

The Mother Earth News Fair is a fun-filled, family-oriented sustainable lifestyle event featuring dozens of practical, hands-on demonstrations and workshops from the leading authorities on: Renewable Energy, Small-scale Agriculture, Gardening, Green Transportation and Natural Health. In between sessions, attendees enjoy and array of entertainment options, organic local food and beverages, as well as outdoor gardening and livestock demonstrations. Plus, save on great deals from dozens of regional and national vendors featuring sustainable lifestyle products and services, including: books, tools, seeds, crafts, organic foods, clothes, solar gadgets and more! For more information, visit: http://www.7springs.com/events/mother-earth-news-fair/ .

Friday, September 22

Movies on the Mountain “Kong: Skull Island”

Tussey Mountain invites families to enjoy an outdoor film under the stars. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and show begins around dusk. Classic movie popcorn and candy is available along with hot dogs, ice cream and snacks. Admission is Free. For more information, visit http://www.Tusseymountain.com.

Saturday, September 23 through Sunday, September 24

Pocono Puppy Palooza

The mountain is going to the dogs! Enjoy a variety of fun activities for pet owners and their companions. A portion of the gate proceeds will benefit the local rescues and animal shelters. For more information, visit http://www.shawneemt.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 6p.m. – 10 p.m.

Crab & Beer Fest

Blue Knob Clubhouse will feature a beer tasting and two meaty (male) Blue Crabs and choice of two sides. There will also be live music from Matt Pletcher from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Blue Know Clubhouse or online at http://www.blueknob.com.

Friday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

OktoberFest

Tussey Mountain is bringing Oktoberfest to the mountain with a fun-filled night of authentic German food, beer and music featuring performances by Smitty’s Polka Band and The Bavarian Stompers at the Tussey Mountain Amphitheater. Tickets are on sale now for $15 per ticket. For more information, visit, http://www.tusseymountain.com/amptickets/ .

Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Oktoberfest

Head to the Valley Lodge at Blue Mountain for a mountain-style Oktoberfest celebration including scenic chairlifts, live music, key rolling, authentic German food & beer, crafters and artisan and more. Admission is Free. All proceeds will be donated to Carbon County Chamber. For more information, visit,

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, September 29 through October 22

Monday through Sunday, October 23 through October 31

Fall Fest After Dark: Zip. Zoom. Scream!

Camelback Mountain Adventures offers an all-new spooky experience this October, filled with Rabid Creatures, Zombie Prospectors, time warps & more. When the sun goes down, our Pocono Classics transform into an exhilarating experience like never before. A few of the spooky highlights include:

  • Monster Coaster: Beware the dark and the creatures that come to life as you race through the woods on PA’s only Mountain Coaster. ZOOM past the phantoms of the forest with ghouls; specters & things that go bump in the night.

  • Lights Out Zip Line: Race your friends through the night sky on the 1000’ Double Barrel Zip Line past the shadowy creatures below, where the only light is from passing fireflies and distant torches.

  • Kartrite’s Kurse: Embark on the Trams of Terror when you join this eerie expedition to Kartrite’s haunted house. With 17 rooms of doom on this harrowing adventure you will find yourself lost in faraway lands filled with pirates, skeletons & creatures that slither, crawl & fly. For more information, visit, http://www.camelbackmountainadventures.com .

Thursdays through Sundays, from September 29 through October 23

Mondays through Sundays, from October 23 through October 31

Fall Fest

Daylight Adventures abound for the entire family at Camelback Mountain Adventures. Enjoy fall festival classics from Pumpkin Painting, Apple Chuckin' and Kid's Crafts, and once the sun sets, the spooky trail lights up with adventure for all ages. For more information, visit, http://www.camelbackmountainadventures.com.

Saturdays, September 30, October 7, 14 and 21

Sundays, October 1,8,15 and 22

33 rd Annual Autumnfest

A four-weekend celebration of the mountain’s dramatic and colorful transformation, Autumnfest is a family-friendly escape to the mountains featuring kids’ activities, pumpkin painting, face painting, a hay bale maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, magicians, novelty acts such as fire breathers, 70+ artisans and crafters and wagon rides. Bring your friends and compete to win a 17-18 Season Pass in the Bavarian Games, including a tug of war, pumpkin carry and hay bale toss. Plus, kids age 4-7 can try snowboarding for the very first time at the free Pirates Riglet Park! For more information, visit http://www.7springs.com/events/autumnfest/ .

Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Elk Mountain Fall Festival

Elk Mountain is celebrating fall with a weekend of festive food and drinks, musical entertainment, scenic chair lift rides, arts and crafts and a mountain bike ride on Sunday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit, http://www.elkskier.com.

Saturday, October 7 through Sunday, October 8

Autumn Timber Festival

Head to Shawnee for a weekend of lumberjack events, chainsaw sculptures, scenic chairlift rides, pig races, novelty shows and live music at the base of the mountain. Plus food and arts and craft vendors. For more information, visit, http://www.shawneemt.com.

Saturday, October 14 through Sunday, October 15, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Liberty Mountain Sports Fall Sale & Equipment Swap

Liberty Mountain offers a huge pre-season sale including skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, luggage, poles gloves, hats and other accessories in both youth and adult sizes. Additionally, there will be a Ski, Snowboard, Golf Equipment swap to shop for new gear or sell the old. For more information, visit, http://www.libertymountainresort.com .

Saturday, October 14 through Sunday, October 15

Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

Bring the family for a weekend of fall foliage, delicious street eats, and art and craft show, chairlift rides and live music. Event features over 25 food trucks and 60 artists and crafters. For more information, visit, http://www.shawneemt.com.

Sunday, October 15

Winefest

Join us at the top of the mountain for our 2nd Annual WineFest to benefit the Homeless Veterans in the area. NOTE: Is there any more information as to time, price, etc....I took this from last year? But, not sure if price, etc...will stay same...

Sunday, October 15, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Fall Fest

Fall Fest is full of family fun for everyone! Festivities include chairlift rides; live old time string blue grass performances, scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, hayrides and local craft beer. Yummy food from the Alpine BBQ is also available for purchase, Free Admission. For more information, visit, http://www.libertymountainresort.com/liberty-mountain-resort/enjoy/event-calendar/fall-festival-2017

Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.

Dipsy Doodle Dash and Liberty Mountain Challenge

Liberty Mountain is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Runners with a Reason Dipsy Doodle Dash & Liberty Mountain Challenge to be held in conjunction with Liberty Mountain Resort’s 2017 Fall Festival, October 15 at 2 p.m. The distinctly different and daring Dash (one-mile race) and the Challenge for the courageous and slightly cautious (1-mile walk) to the top of Liberty Mountain will kick off this year’s festival. There will be a $25 registration fee for each participant in the Dipsy Doodle Dash and Liberty Mountain Challenge. Save time by pre-registering online at http://bit.ly/DipsyDoodleDashSignUp .

Thursday, October 19, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Job Fair

Explore seasonal job opportunities at Blue Mountain Resort. Meet with department heads and be prepared to interview. More information on current job openings and applications can be found at http://www.skibluemt.com.

NOTE for below Oktoberfest event: I incorporated info from last year's event....thinking it might be similar? Please confirm as no information is listed yet beyond Oktoberfest? Think this would be good to include if they have it firmed up already?

Friday, October 20

Oktoberfest

Blue Knob Clubhouse is celebrating the fall season in true German style with a sampling of 6 beers, a German style dinner and entertainment. Cost: $20 per ticket. For more information, visit http://www.blueknob.com.

Saturday, October 21, 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.

Monster Ball

Bring your favorite ghouls and goblins to Blue Mountain Resort's Slopeside & Summit Lodge Courtyard for a fun-filled evening of spooky libations, live music and more. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes in a variety of categories. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.skibluemt.com.

Sunday, October 22, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Harvest Wine Festival

Bear Creek will feature local wineries, food vendors and live Jazz music during the Harvest Wine Festival. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 or $30 at the door. For more information, visit, http://www.bcmountainresort.com .

Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Boos & Brews

Blue Mountain has teamed up with a local brewery and winery for adult trick-or-treating. Guests can choose their trail; beer or wine. From there, sample seven delicious beverages, each paired with a treat from Blue Mountain's culinary team. For more information, visit, http://www.skibluemt.com.

Saturday, October 28 through Sunday, October 29

Tent Sale

Skiers interested in getting a jumpstart on the season have an opportunity to save big on all the best gear including skis snowboards, apparel and more. Sale located at the Valley Lodge. For more information, visit, http://www.skibluemt.com.

Saturday, October 28 through Sunday, October 29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

17th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

Help usher in the Fall season by heading to Whitetail Resort for a weekend of family fun at the 17th Annual Great Outdoors Festival. The festival will feature crafts, food, music, demonstrations and more. Any Season Pass or Advantage Card holders who pick up their cards at the festival will receive complimentary admission for the day. Adults: $9, Seniors: $5, Kids: 6-12: $5 and Kids 5 and Under: Free. For more information, visit, http://www.skiwhitetail.com/content/17th-annual-great- outdoors-festival .

Saturday, October 28

Marathon on the Mountain

A unique marathon event in the beautiful Laurel Highlands of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Marathon on the Mountain will both challenge and inspire participants while they run through the beautiful mountain terrain at Seven Springs Mountain Resort on Saturday, October 28. Runners can choose the distance that fits their skill level including a marathon, half marathon or 5K. The race route features multiple ponds, charming country lanes and some of the most scenic woods in Pennsylvania. The courses utilize both ski trails and wooded hiking and biking paths deep into the forest. Minimal hard surfaces and very few road crossings are on the course, and multiple aid stations with water, Gatorade and fruit will be served. The marathon will make two laps of the picturesque course that starts and ends in front of the Foggy Goggle at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers, male and female in each race. All racers will receive a tech shirt as well as a finisher medal upon completion. For more information, visit http://www.7springs.com/events/marathon-mountain/ .

Saturday, November 4 through Sunday, November 5, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Fall Mega Sale

Get ready for ski season and visit Roundtop Mountain for the biggest and best new and used equipment sale of the fall. Enjoy great deals on new and used equipment, clothing and accessories. Ropes course open climb from1 p.m. to 4 p.m., $15 for a selection of high elements and a zip line. Live music, seasonal beer selections. Admission is FREE. Visit, http://www.skiroundtop.com.

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