The annual Firecracker 4K and 4M races provide the perfect start to our day long Central PA 4thFest celebration. Now is the time to register for this year’s event. Runners and walkers of all skill levels and ages are encouraged to participate.
The Parade of Heroes celebrates our community and its people – emergency services, community groups, the arts, military, and many more. It is also the platform utilized to publicly thank and recognize the heroes of Central Pennsylvania.
Appalachian Arts Studio Chainsaw Woodcarving
Brothers Rick & Randy Boni are responsible for the idea of the Ridgway Carver's Rendezvous. With the help of their wives, the brothers decided to gather a few friends and family members with the intention of carving designs and figures into wood with chainsaws. After the second rendezvous, Rick and Liz Boni took up the reigns to organize the event, with the help of two of Rick's brothers, when Randy and his wife moved away from the area. The event has since flourished, growing from a small friends and family gathering to become an event that hosts hundreds of carvers annually and has gained worldwide acclaim.
State College Area Roller Derby
SCAR Derby is a skater-owned and operated women’s flat-track derby league. SCAR Derby is a volunteer organization, including skater athletes, referees and officials. SCAR Derby membership is comprised of men and women from the Centre Region spanning a wide range of ages and lifestyles. Together, SCAR Derby forms a strong community of athleticism, healthy competition and fellowship. In 2015, SCAR Derby proudly became a member of Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) and now competes for a national ranking.
Dialed Action Sports
Dialed Action Sports Team provides BMX stunts shows for a wide variety of audiences. Predominantly, we work with schools, parents and administrators to create an assembly that will not only entertain children, but will also educate them… we create a show that leaves an impression on children. Team Dialed offers some of the BEST BMX riders, Rollerbladers, Skateboarders and Freestyle Motocross riders – athletes who have competed in the Dew Tour, X-games and various other contests around the world, and perform some of the BIGGEST tricks in their sport.
Quilts of Valor Foundation
Happy Valley Quilts of Valor, a local quilting group affiliated with the Quilts of Valor Foundation is proud to honor our service members and veterans at the 2017 Central PA Fourth Fest. The highlight of our day will be to honor several local veterans with their Quilts of Valor at the Quilts of Valor Awards Ceremony. Please join us to recognize these veterans for their service, sacrifice and commitment to our freedom. Quilts will be displayed on the Happy Valley Quilts of Valor parade float and at the QOV Booth on Curtain Ave. At the booth, visitors can make a donation and sign a quilt block.
Operation Thank You
The vision of this U. S. Veteran’s and Service Personnel Thank You is to provide the community with an opportunity to personally thank U. S. Veterans and current U. S. Military Service personnel, through both their donation to this effort and through the contribution of personal supplies that will be sent to U.S. military personnel currently serving overseas. “Thank you” cards will be supplied at the 4thFest, for people wishing to participate, by donating $1.00 per signature or $10.00 per card. The money from this effort will be used to pay for the shipment of packages to current overseas U. S. military personnel.