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Gear & Beer Tri-state Conservation Fallfest 2012
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 Gear & Beer Fallfest
You are cordially invited to participate or attend the Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) Gear & Beer Tri-state Conservation Fallfest on October 14, 2012.  The festival includes a mountain bike ride, 15-mile, 35-mile or 50-mile road bike ride, 5K run/walk, kayaking and canoeing, Calland Arboretum Trail Tour auctions, raffles, children's bike rodeo, live music, wine and beer tasting, food and drink!

The ORTC Fall Festival is comprised of heritage, environmental, educational, government, and trail groups primarily from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia but also Maryland and New York.

Open to General Public

The Fallfest is open to the general public, please forward the invitation to your friends and colleagues. 

Please join the ORTC for the Gear & Beer Tri-state Conservation Festival on Sunday October 14, 2012 at the Lodge in Bradys Run Park from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Bradys Run County Park is Beaver County's largest park and consists of nearly 2000 acres.  Bradys Run Park is located on Route 51, two miles north of Beaver, Pa within Brighton and Patterson Townships. 

Sponsorship Opportunity
The Ohio River Trail Council is an organization committed to excellence, with a clear vision and a passion for delivering outstanding results. We ask you to work with us to capitalize on these strengths. The Ohio River Trail Council corporate sponsors plays an integral role in the continued development of the ORTC’s Land and Water Trails, as well as our ability to serve southwestern Pennsylvania riverfront communities through advocacy and planning. The council would like to invite you to become a sponsor and endorse our efforts in making the Ohio River Trail a realityPlease support our mission to honor our past and build our future by providing recreation opportunities, environmental stewardship, heritage development, safe transportation networks and economic stimulus to our region.  Download  ORTC Fallfest Sponsorship Registration and  Levels.

Vendor Opportunity

The Gear & Beer Fallfest consists of vendors providing food, beverages, adventure gear as well as craft beer tasting. Vendors can promote their business while supporting eco-friendly organizations. In addition to selling your merchandise the day of the event, your business will gain exposure to the adventure tourism community with a link in the ORTC website and a listing in the Event Program.  The ORTC promotional materials for the event, can be displayed to your customers or distributed to your members.  ORTC Fallfest Vendor FAQs.  Download Event Flyer.

For-profit Vendor Registration

To register as a vendor (gear, food and drink) for the Fallfest, please complete the registration form. Selection is based  on a first-come first-served basis, nevertheless spaces are limited, therefore please submit your application at your earliest opportunity.   Deadline for Vendor Registration is October 12, 2012.  
Non-Profit Vendor Registration
There is no registration fee or other requirement for non-profits vendors to participate in the Fallfest or to have access to the food vendors.  Any donations are strictly voluntary and not required.  Beer tasting and athletic event tickets are not included in the non-profit vendor registration and must be purchased separately.  To participate in the heritage, environmental, educational, government, and trail group workshop please complete the registration form:

*Space selection is based on time of registration - first come first serve.  

Craft Beer Sampling

Wine & Beer tasting is complimentary with proper admission - Everyone must be age 21 or older and have a photo ID.

Chinese & Silent Auction
Items include a Hines Ward autographed football, an autographed large photo of Troy Polamolu and signed collectibles from Honus Wagner, Mario LeMeiux, Roberto Clemente…and more.

Rain or Shine - Indoor and Outdoor Activities
ORTC setup:  9:00 a.m.  Volunteers meet at the lodge.
Vendor setup: 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Live Music - 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Bike Rides: 
 Registration 11:30 a.m. Depart at 12:30 p.m.
5K Run/Walk:  Registration 11:30 a.m. Start at 12:30 p.m.
Kayaking:  Registration 11:30 a.m. Paddle from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Calland Arboretum Trail Tour: Registration 11:30 a.m.  Tour begins at 12:30.
Children's Bike Rodeo Registration 11:30 a.m.  Bike from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Other Festival Activities: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Vendor breakdown: After 5:00 p.m.
Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.  No dogs are permitted without a leash on the festival grounds, please use the dog park.

The general admission fee is $5 for 13 - 17 years old and $10 if 18 or older.  Less than 13 years old is free.
Athletic Event Registration

To participate in any of the athletic events please complete the Event Registration & Release Form. The pre-registration fee is $20 which includes general admission.  It is $20 total for any and all the athletic activities.  For example for $20 you can run the 5K and kayak. You just need to complete the registration forms for each activity due to the required legal waivers, but the total fee for athletic events is $20. 

The registration fee is $25 after October 1, 2012 and the day of the event except for the Children's Bike Rodeo which is free.  Registration and check-in is at the Lodge. 

Halloween costumes welcomed.

Road Cycling
Mountain Biking
5K Run/Walk
Arboretum Tour
Children's Bike Rodeo


T-shirts promised for only pre-registered participants in the sporting events by September 14, 2012.
We look forward to seeing you at this sensational event.  All proceeds benefit the Ohio River Trail .  


ORTC Gear & Beer Festival Committee

P.S. Invite your facebook and meetup friends and colleagues.

Tri-state Trail Initiative
The Ohio River Trail Council proposes the broad vision of a tri-state greenway system of interconnecting trails in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  The tri-state trail campaign originates at the U.S. Public Land Survey “Point of Beginning,” a National Historic Landmark located near the three-way intersection of Ohio, Pennsylvania and the northern tip of West Virginia.

The ORTC goal is to continue its support for the mission of the expanded Tri-state Trail Initiative that has been revitalized to close trail gaps in the Regional Trail System. Your attendance at the Tri-state Conservation Fallfest will build upon the efforts of the Tri-state Trails Initiative meeting that occurred on March 29, 2011. 
The festival will provide an excellent opportunity to meet colleagues, to exchange project information, knowledge and experience, and to extend your list of contacts in Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Join us and share your projects and ideas to facilitate trail connections across state lines, and to work with neighboring county groups to update existing and proposed trail maps, identify gaps, and communicate your needs and concerns.  Unveil your successes and challenges as well as plan your local efforts as part of a larger system of linking trails.
Participants will learn about preservation, regional trail projects, and environmental efforts as well our rich local history and heritage. All types of trails are included in the festival - land and water trails, motorized and non-motorized trails. 

Over the past half-century, the tri-state region has undergone the most extraordinary environmental transformation.  The rust belt once overcome by industrial pollution has moderated its air and water problem and sensibly invested in blueways and greenways.  Eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia have become one of the nation's best examples of rails-to-trails conversion, with hundreds of miles of green trails, including the Great Allegheny Passage and the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway.  This revitalization has led to a boom in our regions popularity and prosperity.


The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has listed the top adventure activities in the U.S. as Backpacking, Bicycling, Bird watching, Camping, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, and Trail Running.  The OIA Outdoor Recreation Economy 2012 report demonstrates that ecotourism is big business, to the tune of (1) 6.1 million direct American jobs (2) $646 billion in direct consumer spending each year (3) $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue and (4) $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue. This report reveals that outdoor recreation is a larger and more critical sector of the American economy than most people realize. 
In addition, an 18-month economic impact study conducted by Campos Market Research as a project of the Trail Town Program found that the Great Allegheny Passage generated over $40 million in local annual spending and another $7.5 million in wages in 2008.  The Ohio River Watershed is being nurtured back to health and remarkably, the Ohio River is home to the world's top professional fishing tournaments.

Ohio River Trail Council

The Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) is a Pennsylvania based non-profit, volunteer-led corporation whose mission is to establish, promote, protect and preserve a multi-use trail, the Ohio River Trail (ORT), along the “La Belle Riviere” or the Ohio River and its tributaries.  The ORTC is currently planning & developing a 41-mile bike and water trail, the Ohio River Trail (ORT), along the Ohio River, from Coraopolis, Pa (near Pittsburgh) to Ohioville, Pa. (near East Liverpool, OH). The ORT is part of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Lewis & Clark Trail and is a candidate for part of the U.S. Bicycle Route 50, Pittsburgh to Cleveland Trail, and a portion of the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, Pittsburgh spur. The proposed ORT will also follow parts of the "Great Path" and the Lincoln Highway. The ORT will serve as a key segment in the interconnection of existing land trails in the quad-state area (Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia). Specifically, the proposed Ohio River Trail will connect the Great Ohio Lake-to-River Greenway in Columbiana County, Ohio to the Great Allegheny Passage in Allegheny, County Pennsylvania forming a mega-trail from the great lakes region to our nation's capitol.

Ohio River North Shore Trail Map
Ohio River South Shore Trail Map


Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor sporting activity (treasure hunt) which is available in Bradys Run Park.  Geocaching participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", anywhere in the world.  A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value. Geocaching shares many aspects with benchmarking, trigpointing, orienteering, treasure-hunting, letterboxing, and waymarking.

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