The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 26, 2012

What's happening this week in region

JOHNSTOWN — Spiritfest 2012, the 21th annual Bishop McCort Invitational Cheerleading Championships, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osborne St. in the 8th Ward section of Johnstown.

Doors open at 9, and the competition is scheduled to last until 4:30 or 5.

The contest is open to all pee-wee, elementary, junior high, high school varsity and all-star squads. Thirty-nine squads will compete.

Tickets, which will be sold in the lobby, are $6 for adults and $3 for students.  

Masked Halloween

The sixth annual Great Pumpkin Masquerade Ball will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Ace’s,

316 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Three dance bands, Shades of June, Ribbon Grass and YUM, will provide music, and there will be a costume contest.

Tickets, which are $10, will be available at the door.

Information: 536-4176.

Good vibrations

The Unexpected Surfer Boys will present a musical tribute to the Beach Boys at 7 p.m. Saturday at Richland Performing Arts Center, One Academic Ave., Richland Township.

The show about four guys at a bachelor party features the timeless harmonies of the Beach Boys and high-octane choreography performed by veteran Broadway performers.

Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for senior citizens.

Information: 269-0300.

Fall fun

Spirits of Staple Bend Tunnel will be presented at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday beginning at the Staple Bend Tunnel trailhead parking lot.

Park staff and volunteers will share darker stories of life and death on the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

The tour includes a bus ride to the tunnel and a walking tour through the tunnel.

In the event of inclement weather, the tours may be canceled.  

Tours are $2 per person, and reservations are required.

Information: 886-6150.


A nighttime Historical Halloween trick or treat will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Somerset Historical Center, four miles north of Somerset on Route 985.

Participants are encouraged to dress as a historical character, especially one from Somerset County’s past. Ideas of what people may have worn in that era are available at

The evening will end with a bonfire, refreshments and a free hayride around the site.  

Anyone wishing to participate should bring a recyclable bag and a flashlight.  

The cost is $5 per carload, plus a canned good for the Salvation Army’s food pantry.  

Information: 445-6077.


The annual Bedford Elks’ Halloween Parade will be held Monday in downtown Bedford.

The parade will form at 6:30 p.m. and step off at 7:30.

It will begin at the east end of town, travel up East Pitt Street and turn left onto Juliana Street, where it will pass in front of the judges’ stand before disbanding at Bedford County Courthouse.  

Individuals or organizations interested in taking part in the parade may pick up a registration form at the Bedford Borough office or on Facebook at Bedford Elks Halloween Parade.

The rain date is Wednesday.

Information: 623-9510 or


A corn maze presented by Weakland Farms, Route 164, Portage, will be open from 4 to

8 p.m. today and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The farm closes at 9.

Featured events include hayrides, animal feedings, a pumpkin patch and an indoor straw maze.

Mums and fall decorations also will be available.



HallowBoo, a family-oriented Halloween event, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Idlewild Park, Route 30 East, Ligonier.

There will be trick-or-treating through Story Book Forest, live entertainment, costumed characters, themed rides and attractions and a hay-bale maze.

The cost is $26.99, and children ages 2 and younger will be admitted free.



The 28th annual Autumnfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

The theme is chocolate and chili.

There is a $5 per car parking fee, and complimentary shuttle service will be available.

Information: or (800) 452-2223.

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