Lesley Kistner

Lesley Kistner

Public Affairs Director

A life-long Pennsylvania resident, Lesley enjoys cooking, history, sports and the outdoors. She likes capturing photos of Happy Valley's beautiful scenery, and of discoveries made while going off the beaten path to explore, particularly old homes, barns and churches. More than likely, Lesley's adventures and photos will find their way to the Dispatch!

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2023 Happy Valley Inspiration Guide

Sports & Entertainment Alliance Shines Light on Happy Valley as Ideal Location for Premier Events

“Over the years, there have been calls from various sectors of the community for a formal commission to seek out and attract larger national and international sports and entertainment events,” said Fritz Smith, HVAB President and CEO. “Buoyed by strong university and community support, we feel the time is now right to pursue the creation of a dedicated sports commission in order to capitalize on the tremendous opportunity we see for Happy Valley to grow into a sought-after destination for marquee events and tournaments.”

Happy Valley Hospitality

Happy Valley Hospitality

HVAB Awards To Recognize Excellence In The Hospitality Industry

State College, PA, Sept. 6, 2022 – The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau (HVAB) is now accepting nominations for the first annual Happy Valley Hospitality Awards.

The awards will recognize excellence in the local food and beverage, and lodging industries, with a special award open to employees working in any hospitality-related establishment,
including performance venues, museums and other attractions. The awards are a component of the HVAB’s Happy Valley Hospitality campaign, launched earlier this summer to recognize and appreciate those working in the industry.

ENHANCED Lesley Kistner Toast with friends

2021 Inspiration Guide

FIELD TO FORK

Explore all the flavors of Happy Valley, PA

Local ingredients can be found on the menus of many restaurants and craft beverage establishments throughout Happy Valley. From stand-out farm-to-fork dining options to classic American fare and adventurous ethnic cuisine -- and everything in between -- you can find a restaurant to suit your palate. We invite you to take your own flavor journey. [Learn how the Happy Valley Takeout Trail can enhance your experience if you do.]

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