National Trails Day event to be held in Titusville

From staff reports

The Titusville Area Trails Association (TATA) will be holding a National Trails Day event on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, on the Queen City Trail in Titusville.

This event, now in its sixth year, is hosted by the TATA, part of Titusville Renaissance, Inc., with sponsorship by the Crawford Health Improvement Coalition.

National Trails Day features a free, self-guided showcase of displays and activities to enjoy at your own pace along a ½ mile stretch of the Queen City Trail, part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail. The southern end begins at the Jersey Bridge trailhead near Drake Well and goes to the Ed Myer Complex, near the pickleball courts. Visitors may enter on either end to explore what the event has to offer.

This year will welcome Smokey Bear for his 80th birthday. There will be a birthday celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. with cupcakes and a performance of “Happy Birthday” by the Queen City Community Band. Depending on weather, Smokey will hold a meet and greet sponsored by the DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

The 34-foot-long Pennsylvania WoodMobile will also be onsite, offering interactive activities and displays about Pennsylvania’s forests and sustainable forestry. The WoodMobile is operated by the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council in the Department of Agriculture.

In addition to these special guests, there will be a scavenger hunt, live music, Plein Aire (live) painting, birds of prey and appearances by a number of local recreation-related organizations.

At noon, there will be a raffle for a Blackstone 17” portable griddle and Mr. Heater Fuel Keg refillable propane tank and refill kit, donated by Titusville Tractor Supply. The cost is $5 per ticket or 3 for $10, with only 200 tickets sold. Tickets are available at Hawk’s Grocery & Smokehouse, Titusville Market Square, from any TRI board member and at the event.

This will be a rain or shine event. For more information, please visit the Titusville Area Trails Association Facebook page.