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Recreational Events
Department of Recreation for Greene County


Contact Persons: Jake Blaker, Director
Pamela Blaker, Parks and Recreation Manager


Greene County Fairgrounds
107 Fairgrounds Road, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5323 / Fax: 724-852-5356
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

The Recreation Programs offered both year-round and seasonal offered to the residents of Greene County. New programs are continuously being established to introduce a variety of new programs throughout the county so as to accommodate all persons and county residents as well as tourists. Our Recreation Department and County Commissioners hope that you enjoy our many programs. Click here for individual informational brochures.


Note of Appreciation:
A special thanks to PA State Representative Pam Snyder, and our Greene County Commissioners Chuck Morris— Chairman, Archie Trader, & Blair Zimmerman for their continued support of Recreation in Greene County.

Have a Program Idea? Greene County is always interested in offering new and innovative programs to our community. Do you have a skill or talent that you would like to share? Would you lied to teach or volunteer? If so, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323 with your idea and to discuss opportunities.

Recreational Programs:
The following annual events and programs are offered through our Department of Recreation. Our Program Cancellation Policy: The Greene County Department of Recreation reserves the right to cancel classes or activities due to insufficient enrollment or unforseen circumstances.

January February
  • All Night Skate on New Year's Eve
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Motorcycle Swap Meet

March April
  • Miss Greene County Pageant
  • Easter Egg Hunt and Skate
  • Fly Tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Championship Bull Riding
  • Greene County Child Fest

May June
  • Dock-to-Lock 5K/10K Race
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Greene County Pools open
  • Greene County Sheep & Fiber Festival
  • (Memorial Day weekend) SWPA Saddle Club Charity Horse Show
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Swim Lessons

July August
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Swim Lessons
  • Waynesburg Lions CLub Fireworks Celebration/Display
  • Jacktown Fair
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Greene County Fair

September October
  • Flashlight Drags
  • Power Pull Truck & Tractor Pulls
  • Mon View Roller Rink opens
  • Aerobics classes
  • Zumba classes
  • 4-H Market Hog Show & Sale

November December
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's
  • Aerobics classes
  • Zumba classes
  • Breakfast with Santa (Greene County Fairgrounds)
  • Christmas Homecoming & Craft Show
  • Fly tying courses
  • Skating — Fridays & Saturday's

Scheduled County Event Information — Department of Recreation:
Flashlight Drags
June 19 at 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

$30 to race | $6 for spectators (Rain Dates: in the event of rain on the scheduled date, the make-up date will be determined jointly by Greene County Rec Department and AG Events, LLC.

FMI, go to: www.flashlightdrags.com.

  Walk to End Alzheimer's Walk
'Benefit Car Show' - June 26



June 20 - July 29, 2016 — GREENE COUNTY FREE DAY CAMP
Our 6 week day camp program is for children in Greene County ages 5-15; it's a great place to make new friends and have fun during the summer months. Programs, activities, hot lunch and snacks provided. Featuring our UPSTREAM Program (which stands for yoU being Physical in Science, Technology, Recreation, Engineering, Art, and Math). Registration on Friday, June 17 from 12:00 noon-3:00 PM. Our Day Camp program sponsored by the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation.

PRINTABLE CAMP DOCUMENTS:   Click here for Day Camp Registration Form || click here for Day Camp Press Release || click here for Central Greene summer lunch menu || click here for West Greene School District & Ryerson summer lunch menu || click here Carmichaels summer lunch menu || click here for Carmichaels summer snack menu || click here for day camp brochure. FMI, call the Department of Rec at 724-852-5323.


July 19-23, 2016 — Legendary JACKTOWN FAIR
The Legendary Jacktown Fair was organized on July 6, 1866. — The Richhill Agricultural, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Association (as it was called in the charter) formed July 6, 1866. There were 280 shares of stock sold to fund the fair. The first Jacksonville Fair (as it was initially named) occurred on October 3rd and 4th of that same year. The fair throughout much of the rest of the 1800s and early 1900s consisted of horse racing as the main event. And there were of course the contests that created the inevitable bragging rights of farmers, homemakers and craftsmen. Entries were taken in a large variety of categories – livestock, linen and clothing, cotton, leather, needlework, farm machinery, grains, produce, arts, furniture, flowers, bread, preserves, and even horse shoes.

Located at the Jacktown Fairgrounds, 440 W. Roy Furman Highway, Wind Ridge, PA 15370. Click here for more information or call 724-428-3637 (Email: jacktownfair@gmail.com.


August 8-13, 2016 — GREENE COUNTY AGRICULTURAL FAIR
Held at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Waynesburg, PA. This week-long event offers local farmers, 4-H members and others to show their livestock, crafts, baked goods, needlework, canned goods and homegrown produce in numerous competitions. There are plenty of other events that will appeal to most everyone, including a rodeo, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, live music, rides, food and much more! Ticket prices, gate times and schedule of events available on their website. FMI, call 724-627-9160, email greenecountyfair@windstream.net or visit www.greenecountyfair.org


RUN-4-MORGAN RACE SET FOR SEPT 10

Morgan’s Army is partnering with the Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation to host the first Run4Morgan 5K Run/Walk beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, along the Greene River Trail. Participants can sign up for the race at a pre-registration rate of $20. A sleep-in category is also available for those who would like to donate but not participate in the walk/run with a donation of $20 or more. Click here for press release of June 10, 2016 | Click here for Sponsorship letter | Click here for event brochure with registration form. FMI, contact Christina at 724-678-1696 or email at run4morgan@gmail.com.

GEOCHACHING GAME

'Cache Me if you Can'
The Greene County Department of Recreation has launched it's 2016 "Cache Me If You Can" — geocaching game, which involves eight recreation sites across Greene County.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game using global positioning system (GPS) software and GPS-enabled devices, such as smart phones. Prizes or other items of interest are hidden at specific sets of GPS coordinates, and participants are challenged to find each geocache. Entries will be drawn each month. Click here for a full brochure of GPS coordinates and clues.


"Canary Library Program" — What a Program Idea:
The Greene County Commissioners and the Department of Recreation are partnering with the Greene County Library System to pilot a new summer reading program called “Canary Library."

Throughout the summer, carts containing library books for all ages will be available at each of the three Greene County pool sites – Alpha Aquatic Center in Waynesburg, Carmichaels Pool in Carmichaels and Mon View Pool in Greensboro. Children and adults alike will be encouraged to take a book, read and enjoy it, then either return it to the pool or keep it – all for free and without a library card. The carts will host a variety of book interests for adult and child readers.

Pictured are Pam Blaker (left) and Debbie Bristor representing the Carmichaels Crusaders at the Carmichaels pool. The book cart is part of the Canary Library. The idea behind it is that while you are enjoying the County-operated pools this summer, you can take a book and/or leave a book. This service is FREE to everyone. If you would like to donate money or books toward the project, please call Pam Blaker at 724-852-5323. FMI, click here to read the canary library news release.

"Little Free Library Program" — Coming to Waynesburg: (May 2016 article)

A tiny library that would make Stuart Little feel right at home is coming to Waynesburg.

Greene County’s Department of Recreation is preparing to open the first "Little Free Library" in this area that allows patrons to drop off an old book they no longer want and "check out" a new one.

The book-sharing phenomenon is hitting many other areas as the wooden outposts, which are about the size and shape of a large mailbox and can hold dozens of books, are popping up in thousands of towns across the world.

Similar miniature library dropoff locations were installed in Peters and North Franklin townships.

"You have something you really enjoyed and loved, and you’re hoping someone else will take it and enjoy something that you’re passionate about," parks and recreation manager Pam Blaker said of the book-sharing concept.

The newest location will be near Waynesburg Borough’s parking lot No. 4 facing High Street. Borough Council approved the request to allow the location Monday night, although it delayed a decision on whether to also offer a $500 sponsorship for the program.

The location is within walking distance to Margaret Bell Miller Middle School. Where Blaker is hoping it will be a stopping point for students on their way to and/or from class. "On a nice day, that could be a little trip for the grade school (students) to walk up and get a book," she said. No library card is needed and the honor system applies to checking out or returning books.

With the first location now secured, the department will now purchase the materials and build the mini-library, although Blaker did not know when it will be installed and ready for books. Blaker said depending on the success of the Waynesburg outpost, they could expand to other locations around the county that do not have a library nearby.

"You can put them in strategic areas so people have access to them 24/7," Blaker said. "They’re in locations where people don’t have access to a library."

The concept expands the Department of Recreation’s "book cart" (Canary Library Program) that was stationed at the county’s three swimming pools in 2014 and last summer as a way to get children interested in reading. The success of that program spurred the miniature library idea, Blaker said.

Blaker said they will once again roll out the book cart when the pools open for the season later this month. "With all the technology, people do like to have a hard copy in their hand, even though everything can be accessed through smart phones and the internet," she said. "People like that quiet time and we wanted to incorporate it in the day camps."

For more information about the "Little Free Library" outposts, go to www.littlefreelibrary.org.

(Article & little library photo courtesy of the Observer-Reporter, 5/12/2016)

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370


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