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15th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

15th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

October 24th & 25th, 2015

Help usher in the Fall Season by joining us for a weekend of family fun at our 15th Annual Great Outdoors Festival.  The festival will be held on October 24th & 25th, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. 

NEW EVENT THIS YEAR! On Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th, we will be hosting the a Dock Dogs Event, featuring Chesapeake and Keystone clubs. 

On Saturday, October 24th, we will host our 3rd Annual Car & Truck Show and our 1st Annual Apple Pie Bake-Off

Our 4th Annual Whitetail Fall Downhill 5-K Trail Run will be held on Sunday, October 25th.

Both days, the ever so popular DockDogs comes to our festival.  Check out the high flying K-9 lineup HERE!

Live entertainment plus all of your festival favorites will return again this year.

Admission is complimentary for our guests that are renewing, purchasing, or picking up their 2015-16 Season Passes & Advantage Cards.  For non-passholders, admission rates are listed below:

  • Adults              $9.00
  • Seniors            $5.00
  • Kids 6-12        $5.00
  • Kids under 6  FREE

Festival admission includes:

Kid's Activities Exhibitors Fun For All
Barnyard Buddies PSU Mont Alto Woodsmen Team (Sunday) Climbing Wall
Hay Maze Seeing Eye Puppy Club (Saturday) Paintball Target Shoot*
Kid's Activity Area* Apple Butter Demo Haunted Hall
Castle Moon Bounce Blacksmith Snowmaking Tours
4-H Pony Rides** Wood Carver Chairlift Rides
Barrel Train Birds of Prey Archery Target Shoot
Play Area - Obstacle Course Reptiles Pie Eating Contests
Balloon Art Rinehart Orchards Snow Groomer Display

*Some activities in the Kid Activity Area may require a nominal fee.

** Pony rides are available for a $2.00 donation to the 4-H Club.


Retail Shop Sale

Stock up on everything you need for winter at this great preseason sale during our Outdoor Festival!

Selected Skis, Snowboards, Boots and Helmets

Selected Luggage, Poles and other Hard Goods

Selected Adult and Kids Clothing, Gloves, Hats and other Accessories

We also have a large selection of NEW 2015/16 Merchandise available.

Super Close Out Deals on ALL 2014-2015 Equipment, Youth and Adult sizes of Skis, Snowboards, Boots and Poles. Get here early, these are going to go FAST!


Ski & Board Swap

If you are in the market for some gently used winter gear, don't forget to check out our annual Ski & Board Swap during the Great Outdoors Festival. Proudly brought to you by the great folks of Whitetail’s Ski Patrol, this year’s swap will be held:

Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

Sunday, October 25th from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

Do you have some unused gear that you would like to sell at the swap?  CLICK HERE to get the details on how we can help!

DockDogs Competition

Don't miss this exciting competition of K-9 agility! (Both Saturday AND Sunday!)

DockDog Image 1

Check out the full line up HERE!


4th Annual Whitetail Fall Downhill 5-K Trail Run
October 25th, 2015


If you are an avid runner who prefers the technical challenge of a trail run, have we got an event for you. Our 4th Annual 5-K Trail Run will be held on Sunday, October 25th at the Outdoors Festival. PLEASE NOTE: Race registration closes promptly at 9 am to allow racers adequate time for chairlift ride to race start at top of mountain.  The race will then begin at the summit at 9:30 am with prizes being awarded to the top finishers. There are 2 ways you can register for this event: you can register via IMAthlete, or if you would prefer to register via mail, please download and complete our
Whitetail Resort Fall Downhill 5K Registration and Release Form. Summit Health Logo

Mail form and payment to:
Whitetail Resort
13805 Blairs Valley Road
Mercersburg, PA - 17236
Attention: Dusty Wissmath

Registration fees are as follows:
$30 now through August 31st
$35 if you register between September 1st through October 23rd
$40 if you register after Oct. 23rd or on the day of the race.

Race participants will receive a technical T-shirt and admission to the Outdoors Festival.
T-Shirts are not guaranteed for registrations received after October 18th!

Age Categories are:

  • Under 16
  • 16-19
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+

For a map of the race course, go to:


This race event is co-sponsored by Summit Health of Franklin County - Thank you Summit Health!

Summit Health Logo


Entertainment Line-Up

Saturday, Oct. 24th - Ragged Edge

Ragged Edge Band Photo

New to our festival stage this year, we will be welcoming the local country band Ragged Edge!  Taking the stage at 12:30pm and performing until 5pm, this is a band you won't want to miss.

For more information: Please visit their Facebook page @

Sunday, Oct. 25th - The Hello Strangers

Hello Strangers

We are pleased once again to bring you our very own - local grown, sister sounds of The Hello Strangers... taking center stage on Sunday at 12:30 pm. Performing 3 sets of "American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lifting harmonies that only sisters can create". Watch here as they perform Never Roam Again:

For more information, please visit their website at: The Hello Strangers

Or "Like" them on Facebook at:



We are always looking for top quality vendors to join our festival.  If you are interested in joining us at this year's festival, please download our application here:  2015 Fall Festival Vendor Application

Mail completed application and fees to Whitetail Resort, attention Melissa McFadden.