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Westmoreland Heritage Trail
2023 Community Festival and Poker Run
Free admission to B-Y Park
Visit community booths and food vendors from 9 to 2pm
Registration at 9am Events begin at 10am Ends at 11:30am Awards and raffles at Noon
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail connects the communities of Trafford, Murrysville, Export, then Delmont, Slickville and Saltsburg. Future plans to connect both sections are in the planning stages. People enjoy the beauty of the WHT every day. During the pandemic, the trail had been an important resource for fresh air and exercise to help keep us healthy and strong. All registration fees and donations from our community festival will go toward trail maintenance and development.
This year for our third annual Festival, we have added a Poker Run to our community festival. Each participant will stop at one or more of five check points along the Westmoreland Heritage Trail and choose a playing card from the deck. At the end of the event each participant will have a complete poker hand. The best hands will receive a prize.
What else will you be able to do at B-Y Park during the Community Festival?
- Basket raffles
- DJ and music
- Community businesses freebies
- Demos by non-profit groups
- Treats for your furry friends
- Fishing for the kids
- Food vendors, ice cream, and beer
- Face painting
- Discounts on new WHT memberships
- Tag your pictures on social media
- And more….
POKER RUN REGISTRATION
Pre-register by May 26, 2023, for a discounted rate of $25 (after May 26, you can register on site the day of the event at B-Y Park for $30 each). All those registered will receive a commemorative WHT Poker Run t-shirt. Please register as early as possible to ensure you receive a t-shirt in your preferred size.
WHT Poker Run Advance Registration
Register in advance and get a $5 discount off the price of each poker run ticket. Please be aware that this event will be held rain or shine, with no refunds. If you do not attend the event, your purchase will be considered a charitable donation to the trail.
Whether purchasing poker run tickets online in advance ($25) or at B-Y Park on the day of the event ($30), you must fill out and bring your release form with you. A Word document can be printed using this link:
If you are a local business, non-profit organization, or community group interested in participating in our community fair on June 3 or just being a sponsor for our event, please download and fill out the reservation form below. All sponsors will be acknowledged on our festival banner the day of the event.
- This is not a race. You can choose a 12-mile bicycle ride OR a 4-mile walk/jog.
- The starting and end point will be at B-Y Park in Trafford. You can adjust the distance you go according to your own needs. Poker card drawing stations will be available at multiple locations between B-Y Park and Murrysville.
- Event will be held rain or shine.
- Additional parking is available at the Christian Life Church on Rt 130 across from the B-Y parking lot.
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail is a scenic bicycle and walking trail covering 8.5 miles from Saltsburg to Delmont and 9.3 miles from Export to Trafford. Future expansion is in progress to connect the two sections to complete the goal of a 22 mile long trail from Saltsburg to Trafford and extend four miles to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail is ideal for walking, jogging, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. It has a wide and flat handicapped accessible surface and will accommodate everyone regardless of age or physical ability. There are a few parks located just off the trail along the sections, including Duff Park behind the Robert’s Parcel trailhead, BY Park near the Trafford trailhead, and Saltsburg Park near the Saltsburg trailhead. The Heritage corridor includes historic community centers in Saltsburg, Slickville, Export, South Murrysville, and Trafford, which grew from local industries in salt mining, coal mining, natural gas extraction, and the manufacture of electrical generation equipment.
Who Is the WHTC?
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter (WHTC) is a volunteer organization associated with the Regional Trail Corporation.
The Regional Trail Corporation is a non-profit entity within Westmoreland, Fayette, and Allegheny Counties, which promotes the conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to recreational trails.
The Westmoreland Heritage Trail Chapter is led by a twenty one member board of volunteers, including government officials and community members from the municipalities through which the trail passes: Loyalhanna Township, Salem Township, Delmont, Export, Murrysville, Penn Township, Monroeville, and Trafford Boroughs. The board has representatives from Westmoreland County, Westmoreland Conservation District, and the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy. We are a growing organization of people like you. We are working to build the trail across northern Westmoreland County as well as assisting other organizations to preserve the historic and community resources along the trail corridor.
Take a look at our Major 2022 Accomplishments. We couldn’t have achieved any of these if it wasn’t for our Chapter Members and Trail Enthusiasts. Thank you for another fantastic year!
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