On Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25, WilderFest held its second annual event to promote small businesses in and around the upper Pine Creek area, while focusing on the outdoor area of Pine Creek.
The celebration included vendors, music, raffles, chainsaw carving, fly fishing demonstrations and bicycle demos for all to enjoy. Vendors were free to peruse and an inflatable waterslide provided entertainment for the children.
Chad Zengerle, manager of the campground and WilderFest, explained that setting up an event like this required advance planning and organization, along with some great sponsors and volunteers.
He felt that this year’s event was more structured and less demanding than the year prior. Chad shared that he changed the setup of the festival this year, exchanging a flat attendance fee to freely shopping vendors and paying only for music.
New additions this year included his wife, Jess, teaching a free morning yoga class and the Wellsboro House providing a brewery on site.
Zengerle shared that his favorite part of the festival was looking around and watching everyone shop local, seeing everyone interested in outdoor activities and getting the community back to adventure and nature.
A warm sunshiny day provided a beautiful backdrop to the festival while community members mingled with visitors.
Singers filled the air with music completing the experience. Some of the vendors included Paul Family Farms, Bespoke Apothecary, Backroad Creamery, C&S Sports, The Farm at Pine Creek, The Sawptician and many more.
A special thanks was noted to the sponsors including the Pine Creek Outfitters, Gas Field Specialists, Mountain Valley Realty, C&N Bank, Titan Sports and Graphics, C&S Sports, Six West Settlements and Crooked Roots Adventures.