100-mile Yard Sale set for next weekend
Thursday, July 12, 2007
By Timothy Nebgen Staff Writer
KARTHAUS - The Quehanna Wild Area has something for everybody from hunting and fishing to biking and cross-country skiing, and on July 20-21 the surrounding area will serve as a bargain shopper's paradise when the Quehanna Industrial Development Corp. hosts it 10th annual 100-Mile Yard Sale.
"It's one of Mother Nature's and God's creations," said Ray Savel, president of the QIDC, in reference to the wild area. He explained the event is designed to bring people to the wild area and raise awareness of what it has to offer.
"Tourism is the No. 2 industry in Pennsylvania and in the U.S. This helps us to promote our area," explained Mr. Savel.
Mr. Savel estimated the event has expanded by three or four times the original turnout in the 10 years since its inception. He said there are approximately 150 participants registered for the event at present and that individuals have attended from numerous states and even from as far away as Canada.
The yard sale starts in Shawville and makes a complete circle, passing through Clearfield, Centre, Cameron and Elk counties. The QIDC station is located at Big M's Garage along state Route 879 where homemade ham and bean soup, prepared in a kettle over an open fire pit, will be available along with hot sausages, T-shirts and raffle tickets.
In addition, Reliant Energy, located in Shawville, will have a large tent sale in the front parking lot at the entrance to the power plant. The proceeds from the sale will assist in the company's ongoing effort to raise money for the Kids at Christmas program. Last year the plant's activities and communication committee obtained names of needy children through local organizations and used the proceeds of fundraisers to purchase the children toys, games, clothing, winter coats and boots for Christmas.
Registrations are still being accepted for the 100-Mile Yard Sale, and those interested in setting up should call Mr. Savel at 263-7200 or Fawn Sensinig at 263-4418. There is a $5 registration fee and participants will be provided with signs for their station.
Membership to the QIDC is not a requirement to register for the yard sale, but Mr. Savel said he wishes everyone in the 100-mile area would become a member regardless.
Membership to the QIDC carries an annual fee of $3 per year and keeps members up to date on the current happenings within the QIDC by way of a newsletter.