Written by Danielle Taylor | Photos courtesy of St. Joseph’s Church

Each Independence Day, throngs of visitors travel to the small town of Lucinda in northern Clarion County for St. Joseph’s Annual 4th of July Celebration, now in its 79th year at St. Joseph’s Church. Over the decades, this event has grown far beyond the congregation, and many attendees come back year after year to enjoy the festival they loved from childhood.

Mason Zacherl of Lucinda went home a happy winner at the 2017 4th of July Celebration

The rain-or-shine event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4th on the canopy-covered, handicap-accessible parish grounds, located a short drive from Cook Forest State Park on PA Route 66. Attendees can enjoy the church’s traditional all-you-can-eat chicken and ham dinner, which includes homemade pie and soup made with St. Joseph’s famous homemade noodles. Church volunteers serve more than 2,000 meals at the event each year. The event will also feature games of skill and chance for all ages, a quilt tent, called-number games, live musicians performing traditions from all over the globe, and drawings for more than $40,000 worth of cash and prizes, including 15 to 20 handmade quilts, a two-night stay at Clarion River Suites, a Yeti Tundra cooler, and a grand prize of $5,000 cash to one lucky winner.

After the event concludes at 4 p.m., visitors can depart for one of the area’s many fireworks displays in New Bethlehem, Corsica, Marienville, Tionesta, Brockway, Punxsutawney, or St. Marys.

The Liberty 5K welcomes runners and walkers of all speeds.

On Saturday, July 7, come back to Lucinda for the 5th annual Liberty 5K Run/Walk, which kicks off at the historic Lucinda Train Station and routes along the scenic Rail 66 Country Trail. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on race day, and the starting gun will go off at 9 a.m. sharp. All proceeds from both the 4th of July event and the 5K benefit St. Joseph Catholic School, one of the oldest Catholic schools in the Erie Diocese.

Find other interesting events to attend and places to visit in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region by going to VisitPAGO.com or calling (814) 849-5197.

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