Celebrate Potter Township: The oldest township in Centre County!

– by Ellie Aungst

Join us on Saturday, June 8, 2024, from noon to 8:30 p.m. for a day filled with fun and festivities as we celebrate the rich history of Potter Township! Rain or shine, this all-day event promises a memorable experience for you, your family, and friends. Come and be a part of this wonderful community gathering to celebrate Potter Township's 250th Anniversary Heritage Day Festival!

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Event Highlights:

  • FREE Admission and Parking
  • Food and Live Music
  • Historical Exhibits
  • Games and Activities for All Ages
  • Grange Fairgrounds, Southside: Enter through the Homan’s Lane entrance for a day filled with fun and festivities.
  • Penns Prairie Park: Campfire Ghost Tales starting at 8:00 p.m. around the campfire.

This all-day event will take place rain or shine, so bring your family and friends to enjoy the festivities and celebrate the heritage of Centre County’s oldest township. Don’t miss out on this wonderful community gathering!

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The historical bus tours stop at many of the significant landmarks within Potter Township. Tour Guides are retired Penns Valley history teacher, Jeffrey Wert and Penns Valley history teacher, Martin Tobias. Tours leave at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. Tours last approximately 2 hours.

The tours will feature numerous Potter Township landmarks and historical sites including Andrew Gregg’s homestead, the Standford House, Eutaw House, Sinking Creek Cemetery, the Van Doren and Shadearce Monument, and more.

Tickets are $5. These tours are recommended for ages 14 and up. Tickets can be purchased at the Potter Township Office at 124 Short Road, Spring Mills, PA 16875.

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Welcome Ceremony

Representative Kerry Benninghoff will officially recognize the festivities during a welcome ceremony starting at 3 pm at the Southside Stage. All guests are invited to join in celebrating the anniversary and the promising future of Potter Township!


Live Music at the Southside Stage

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- Photo courtesy of Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

Food and drinks will be available during the duration of the event. Cupcakes for the event have been provided by the Potter Township Board of Supervisors. The Centre Hall Fire Company is providing visitors with free meal vouchers from 5:00-6:30 pm. Meals include hotdogs + chips +drink. (These meal vouchers are given on a first come first serve basis.

Other food vendors include; Sunset Slush Happy Valley, Clems BBQ, and Rosie's Pierogies.

Uncovering Potter Township Game Show! Hosted by published author, archivist of folktales, and Centre Hall native, Jeffrey R. Frazier, details below.

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Email hubertpotterparks@gmail.com for a chance to be on the "Uncovering Potter Township Game Show".

Potters Township artifacts

Artifacts will be on display from 250 years of Potter Township history and people! Including the oldest bank barn still standing in Centre County.

Campfire Ghost Tales

Guest are invited to Campfire Ghost Tales at Penns Prairie Park (2400 Upper Brush Valley Road, Centre Hall at the Tri-Municipal Park) beginning at DUSK. (Approximately 8 p.m.) RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED, please email your reservation information to hubertpotterparks@gmail.com.

This event is free and for all ages. Featuring selected tales from Jeffrey R. Frazier’s “Pennsylvania Fireside Ghost Tales”.

Please see the Heritage Day: Celebrating Potter Townships 250th Anniversary Facebook page for more information and RSVP.


Buy your Potter Township 250th anniversary collectible!

  • Wooden collectible coins. Landmarks featured on collectible coins includes; Neff Round Barn, Colyer Lake, Van Duran & Shadcre Mounument, and General James Potter.

  • Collectible mugs in red and blue.

Potter Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania, Town & Gown Magazine, StateCollege.com, Centre County Historical Society, The Centre County Gazette and The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau.

The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau publishes up-to-date event information at HappyValley.com/events