By John Straitiff

The 2016 Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Elk Expo will be held August 20-21 on the beautiful grounds surrounding the Elk Country Visitor Center on Winslow Hill in Benezette. This event is EVERYTHING ELK. The PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau proudly partners with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance to host this annual celebration of the mighty wapiti.

The calling contests are always a crowd favorite, where young and old can show off their talent for imitating elk and turkey calls.


Elk Expo features a variety of nationally recognized outdoor speakers making presentations on nature, hunting topics, and educational seminars. Many local outdoors experts, including Pennsylvania Game Commission, sportsman’s clubs, and Pheasants Forever, will also be on hand providing updates and information about the region.

Stroll through vendors offering handmade products, everything from outdoor gear to wildlife photography and other artisan goods. There will also be plenty of live music and festival food too with Six Pak, Company Townes, and Nick Forsyth.


For kids, there are lots of fun activities and educational opportunities, presented by the Elk Country Visitor Center, including horse-drawn wagon rides, archery shoot, many interactive exhibits, and a 4D sensory surround theater.

The annual Pennsylvania Game Commission elk hunting license drawing and the Keystone Elk Country Alliance bull of a lifetime tag always attract large crowds. Parking is available in Benezette with shuttle services to the ECVC grounds.

For more information on the 2016 Elk Expo, visit or call the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau at (814) 849-5197.

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