As the last days of summer race into the first days of fall, the list of Washington County must-see and do events grows like the grass in your back yard.
Located just south of Pittsburgh, Washington County makes the perfect destination for a quick daytrip or weekend getaway for families throughout Pennsylvania, the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic. August and September are jam packed with authentic events that promise family fun, heritage favorites and pure entertainment.
For more than 50 years, the finest young baseball players in the world have made their August pilgrimage to the city of Washington for the PONY League World Series, held in the friendly confines of Lew Hays Field in Washington Park. The double-elimination tournament, which will be held August 8—13 at PONY Field in Washington, has produced numerous major leaguers over the years and regularly fields teams from as far away as Taiwan, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. A regionally televised game, amped-up entertainment and top-notch talent ensure this year’s PONY League World Series will be a grand slam with locals and visitors alike.
For more pure baseball, take in the family fun and entertainment of a Washington Wild Things Frontier League game. And catch the thrill of Pennsylvania’s only professional women’s softball team, as the Rebellion take the field for their inaugural season. Fans are flocking to Washington!
Folks in western PA have been heading to agricultural fairs and festivals for more than 200 years, and 2014 is no different. The National Pike Steam, Gas & Horse Association hosts their 34th get together on Route 40 Aug. 8—10, 2014, dedicated to preserving and demonstrating antique farm and construction equipment used by our forefathers. Oh, and there’s crafts, food, entertainment and rides as well, at this one-of-a-kind event.
August 9—16, the Washington County Agricultural Fair showcases all things agricultural with exhibits, animals for show and sale, tractor and horse pulls, rodeo, demolition derbies, food, music and entertainment – pretty much like it’s been done for 216 years. Enhance your fair experience by catching a ride to the fair on a vintage trolley, supplied by the good folks at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. The fair focus shifts west September 1—6 for the 108th annual West Alexander Fair. A truly agricultural fair held in a beautiful setting, the West Alexander Fair features livestock, crafts, youth and 4-H/FFA animals, events, rides, rodeo and more.
There are many other must-dos on a trip to Washington County. Make a stop in our bountiful farmers markets, take a hike on miles of beautiful trails, schedule some retail therapy, try your luck at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino, and visit unique heritage attractions like Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, The David Bradford House and the LeMoyne House.
Enjoy the culture, heritage and fun of Washington County, your bridge to someplace special!