A new year means new plans to be made, new things to accomplish, and a new chance to turn dreams into reality. Amidst all of the hustle and bustle of a fresh season, let this be a reminder of the importance of taking a break and scheduling restful and rejuvenating time off. Tuesday, January 25 is National Plan your Vacation Day, encouraging all to be intentional about setting aside time for themselves and making the ultimate experience of it.
A trip to Greene County this year is a chance to enjoy lively festivals and fairs, adrenaline-inducing motocross championships and tractor pulls, and the many more staple events that have filled our county with excitement while bringing communities together year after year. Take this as your month-to-month guide to some of our finest annual events as you map out your precious vacation days for 2022.
February: Mardi Gras
A festive night of masks and dancing with the Flenniken Public Library is a perfect chance to experience Mardi Gras in Greene County. Gather a group of friends or make the evening a date night complete with dinner, beverages, gift basket raffles, and more! The event will take place at the Charmichaels and Cumberland Twp. Firehall on February 26 and tickets are on sale now.
March: SWPA Haunted Con
Claimed as one of the most haunted counties in America, Greene County has a vast array of underlying stories to tell. Its rich, paranormal past is certainly worth exploring. The third annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Haunted Conference is Greene County’s premiere, all-day, paranormal event for you to experience and learn of the rich history and prevalence of haunted happenings in Greene County. Visit the EQT Rec Center on March 19th for lectures, seers and shopping.
April: ATVMX National Championship and Hammer-in Festival
The premier professional and amateur ATV motocross series in the world returns to High Point Raceway for round four of the 2022 season. There’s a class for everyone with the ATVMX National Championship, and riders can choose to chase a championship or just see what they have to bring when the “Big Show” comes to their backyard.
A unique experience is brought to you by blacksmiths from the tri-state area as they convene for the Hammer-In Festival at W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop in Rices Landing on April 16. Blacksmiths will demonstrate unique 20th century machine shop once operated. It’s a one of a kind opportunity to experience history!
May: Sheep & Fiber Festival and Farmers Markets
May ushers in a more mellow vibe as Greene County welcomes the longer days and warmer nights of summer. Celebrate the Heritage of Lamb, Wool and Fibers in Greene County. The vendors of the 19th annual Sheep & Fiber Festival are returning to the Greene County Fairgrounds this year on Saturday, May 14. The day will be filled with a variety of vendors and and fiber art such as colorful wool, alpaca apparel and accessories, knitting and crocheting tools, pottery, woodwork, food vendors, and more.
A visit to Waynesburg’s Farmers Market is also a great opportunity to browse a variety of vendors selling fresh, local produce and goods. The market is held weekly on Wednesdays from May 11 through October 12.
June: Riverfest and High Point Raceway
Spend the weekend along the river listening to live music and enjoying good food and drinks at Rices Landing’s Riverfest. Vendors and games for all ages will be set up along the lockwall beside the Monongahela River June 3 and 4.
During the month of June, more opportunities to watch high-speed and high-excitement motocross as the world’s top off-road road motorcycle and ATV racers followed by the world’s best pro motocross racers return to High Point Raceway. The Mason-Dixon GNCC kicks off the month of racing during the first weekend. And the 2022 High Point National Motocross sets the stage for a spectacular Father’s Day Weekend. Filled with strategically placed ups, downs, twists, and turns, the track is a true challenge for athletes and the engineering makes it ideal for spectators. There may be no better place to see the grandeur of full display of racing than in Greene County.
July: Jacktown Fair and Rain Day Festival
“You can’t die happy until you’ve been to the Jacktown Fair!” The agricultural fair was first held in 1866 and continues today as West Greene’s grandest event with livestock competitions, games, musical performances, carnival rides, fair food and so much more. The fair opens on Tuesday, July 19 with a traditional parade.
Every July 29th, Waynesburg celebrates Rain Day, a commemoration of record rainfall that has gained national and regional attention. The festival is filled with entertainment, contests, vendors, and the interesting trail of history tied to this local phenomena. It is truly a Greene County trademark and experience unlike any other.
August: Greene County Fair and Aviation Days
The annual Greene County Fair features a week-long schedule of action packed events, livestock competitions, live music, carnival rides, and your favorite fair foods. Don’t miss the crashing of cars during the Demolition Derby on Friday evening or the thrill of Truck Pulls on Saturday evening! Held annually at the Greene County Fairgrounds, this event attracts visitors of all ages with its variety of fun for all.
On August 20 and 21, the Greene County Airport will host airplane and helicopter rides, vintage aircraft displays, aerial demonstrations, parachute demos, children’s attractions and more as Greene County celebrates its Aviation Days. This is another unique, annual event with fun for the whole family, and admission is free!
September: 50s Fest Car Cruise, Covered Bridge Festivals & Lucas Oil Truck Pulls
The 50s Fest and Car Cruise takes over High Street in Waynesburg on September 10. This event has been growing in excitement over the years offering 50s music, food and fun as you peruse the cars, trucks, and motorcycles for show. Local entertainment and tons of great door prizes, raffles and giveaways make the event worth a visit.
Greene County’s seven covered bridges are also a local staple to its tourist draw and history, and features a celebration for the unofficial kick-off to the fall festival season with the Washington and Greene Counties Covered Bridge Festival. Explore 10 festival sites, like the Carmichaels and White Covered Bridge Festivals, each with their own vendors, arts and crafts, food, historical exhibits, entertainment and more amidst the beautiful scenery!
Finally, if your September is not completely booked up, the Lucas Oil Mega Pull will arrive at the Greene County Fairgrounds on September 17. The highly popular Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League tours the country showcasing the most extreme vehicles and the most talented pulling drivers. Featuring four different vehicle classes of turbo chargers and alcohol-injected drag racing-type engines, it is a uniquely American competition that highlights the combination of sheer horsepower and driver skill.
October: Fall Foliage, Festivals, and A Tribute to Heroes
October brings beautiful fall foliage to Greene County, and our parks and outdoor recreational opportunities offer the perfect chance to experience the seasonal change. The Greene County River Trail, Ryerson Station State Park, and Mason-Dixon Historical Park, are just a few beautiful locations for casual outdoor activity amongst beautiful scenery or even a more intense hike if you are up for it. Or celebrate fall with the annual Harvest Festival at the Greene County Historical Society Museum.
Amidst harvest festivals, a Tribute to Heroes will take place at the Greene County Fairgrounds this October, recognizing both military and first responders. This is a great chance to commemorate those lost and those who are still with us.
November: Craft Shows and Holiday Gifts
As the harvest season comes to a close and we gear up for the holidays, plenty of craft shows take place all throughout Greene County. This is a great opportunity to browse unique, hand-made goods, perfect for holiday gifting or to add a personal touch to your home! Be on the lookout for craft show dates, locations, and vendor details as the month draws closer!
December: Holiday Open House and Christmas Parade
Waynesburg’s Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony offers a picturesque evening of wholesome holiday activities for the family. The event features wagon rides, holiday vendors, and even Santa himself to meet and greet with children and hand out a special treat.
The following day, the annual Christmas Parade will take over High Street where Santa will make another appearance along with bands, floats, fire trucks and more. Looking ahead, this is a great opportunity to get into the holiday spirit with family and friends.