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13th Annual Zane Grey Festival July 15

Fun for the Whole Family at the 13th Annual Zane Grey Festival

Photo Caption: The Cowboy Dentist meets a Civil War Soldier at the Zane Grey Festival.

BEACH LAKE, PA –The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 13th Annual Zane Grey Festival on Saturday, July 16, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. The festival is free of charge and will be held at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.


The Zane Grey Festival offers fun for the entire family. Special events and activities for children and adults include:


11:00am            Bill Streeter of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center presents his live birds of prey show.

12:00-4:00pm   Relax on a horse-drawn wagon ride provided by Brook Valley Farms.

12:30 pm          Check out the Upper Delaware Puppeteers at 12:30 pm as they portray our nation’s wildlife and what it means to be a steward of America’s national parks for 101 years!

1:00 pm            Join long time NPS volunteer, Barbra Hare, and Park Ranger, Rachel Gonzalez, for a walk around Dolly’s Garden Path.

1:15-2:30 pm    Local musician Dan Engvaldsen performs folk music favorites.

2:45 pm            Park Ranger, Timothy Oset, presents a fascinating account of the Battle of Minisink, one our area’s most noteworthy battles and the bloodiest battle of the American Revolution.

Special activities for kids will be offered throughout the day including educational programs and demonstrations, crafts, river safety activities, face painting, creating a butterfly seed bomb, and a scavenger hunt with a chance to win a free book donated by Highlights in Honesdale.

Doc Miller, also known as the “Cowboy Dentist”, will captivate audiences with his magic tricks and interactive living history lesson on what it was like to work on the western range as a cowboy.

Steamtown National Historic Site’s “Ring of Fire” will return to the Zane Grey Festival for another stunning performance. Most people don’t realize that the tires on trains have to be meticulously maintained. The tires of steam locomotives are fitted by lighting the tire on fire, which allows the tire to be molded over the inner wheel. Staff from Steamtown National Historic Site will demonstrate the process continually throughout the day, in addition to interpreting the history of railroads in the area.

Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children. Other attractions include trying your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones and digging for artifacts. Food will be available for purchase from the Lackawaxen Fire Company.

Zane Grey’s legacy of literature and sportsmanship lives on in Lackawaxen. Come join the fun and learn more about the Western novelist from Lackawaxen. For more information call (570) 685-4871 x6610. For more information about Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, please visit our website at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook at and follow us on Instagram at


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