Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo slated Aug. 19-20

Mid-August is an exciting time in Elk Country – elk viewing and the elk rut are just around the corner.

And to kick it all off, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance again will host a celebration of “everything elk” Aug. 19-20 during the annual Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo, held on the grounds of the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette.

The event is scheduled from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Shuttle service will be offered from the old Benezette School House and three other locations from Winslow Hill parking areas. Shuttles and vehicles with handicap tags will have parking on the grounds. Pets are not permitted, and expo-goers should know that elk are free-roaming, wild animals and attendees are asked to use caution and keep a safe distance when in their vicinity.

The expo will feature kids calling contests, outdoor seminars by Keystone Elk Country Alliance, Pennsylvania Game Commission and Elk Country Conservation District as well as more than 100 booths of vendors and such, including Pennsylvania Outdoor News. Featured events include a birding competition, youth shooting (pellet gun and archery), PGC K-9 office demonstration, living with snakes, “The Deer Lady,” mock goose hunts and more.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission will hold its annual elk license drawing at 1 p.m. Saturday – 25 antlered and 93 antlerless elk licenses will be awarded this year to hunters who applied for a license before the July 31 deadline. And at 1 p.m. Sunday, the Keystone Elk Country Alliance will hold its elk license raffle drawing for the popular conservation tag. Raffle tickets will be available until 11 a.m. Sunday.

Last year, an estimated 12,000 people visited the Elk Expo – from New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and much of Pennsylvania.

“We are a showcase for conservation in Pennsylvania, for elk and all wildlife,” said Carla Wehler, Operations Manager for the Keystone Elk Country Alliance. “It’s great to see people with such a genuine interest in the future of the thriving elk herd, currently numbering over 1,000 animals.”

For more information, go to www.ElkExpo.com or call the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at 814-849-5197.

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