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Allegheny Adventure Expo planned for Johnstown area
Reported By: Lindsay Ward
Written By: Marc Stempka
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- A group of outdoor enthusiasts from the Cambria County area have come together and developed an event they hope will showcase the region's outdoor activities and hopefully draw more people to the area to benefit the economy.
The inaugural Allegheny Adventure Outdoor Expo is set for Oct. 3-5 in the greater Johnstown region and was coordinated in partnership with the Greater Johnstown and Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Allegheny Adventure Network.
Organizers announced the expo at a press conference at People's Natural Gas Park in Johnstown Tuesday morning. Their hope is to get people thinking about the greater Cambria County area as a destination for outdoor activities, but also to make residents aware of what they can do outdoors close to home.
"People don't always realize that all around here within an hour radius whatever you want to do outdoors at whatever level, you can do it here," said Brad Clemenson, of Lift Johnstown.
Some examples include the different kinds of canoe and white water experiences that are available along area waterways.
"We're going to try and open this event up for people with all those different interests, [including] flat paddling through the middle of Johnstown to white water paddling in Stonycreek Canyon," said Benscreek Canoe Club member Richard Bloom.
The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies Executive Director Mike Kane said organizers are hoping that by highlighting what is already in the area, that it will provide a boost to the local economy.
"The study done by the Community for the Alleghenies showed that by bringing people into the community, creating more overnight stays, creating more restaurant visits, more shopping experiences, it's good because its the money in the community, not out," Kane said.
Members of the Allegheny Adventure Network include the Greater Johnstown YMCA, Coal Tubin', Benscreek Canoe Club, Laurel Highlands On- and Off-Road Bike Association, Greater Johnstown Athletic Ski Club, Mountain Laurel Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Western Pennsylvania Orienteering Club, Johnstown-Altoona Geocaching Association, Greater Johnstown and Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Community Foundation of the Alleghenies and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.