This is the newest Franklin Festival held overlooking the confluence of French Creek and the Allegheny River. This River Festival includes kids games, rock decorating contest, chicken barbecue, boat rides, live music featuring the Ryver Nymphs, and the fun of watching amateurs and professionals (including reigning World Champion and Guinness World Record holder Russ Byars, and former Guinness World Record Holder Kurt Steiner) compete for the state championship of skipping stone across the water. Children may compete in Gerplunking. Registration for competition begins at noon. An additional attraction is the Elk Street Neighborhood Yard Sale. Click here for directions to Riverfront Park.
Our 2007 competition will once again be sanctioned by the Mackinac Island Stone Skipping and Gerplunking Club, who operate the nationals in Michigan each July 4. The Pennsylvania winner will be entitled to compete in the prestigious “Pro Category” at Mackinac next Independence Day. A maximum of eight professionals from around the world gather on Windermere Beach, a stone-covered beach on Lake Michigan beside ferry boat docks which connect Mackinac Island to Mackinaw City on the mainland.
Officiating the PA Qualifying Stone Skipping Tournament is High Commissioner Brian Barnett of Franklin and his team of judges. Contestants were asked to submit a small donation ($3 a person or $5 for two people), and although the event is a “bring your own stones” tournament, exotic skipping stones from various parts of western Pennsylvania are usually available for contestants for an additional small donation.
Registration for the competition begins at noon; amateur competition starts at 1:00, and the Allegheny Chukker Challenge (pro & celebrity category) takes place at 3:00 p.m. In keeping with tradition, the winner will receive locally-produced fudge. In keeping with Oil Heritage Region tradition, the winners also receive a bottle of pure Pennsylvania crude oil. Click here to see the competition results from 2007 in all categories.