Indiana County Tourist Bureau Highlights
The Indiana County Tourist Bureau (ICTB) celebrated their 60th anniversary on June 8 with an event held at the Indiana County Jimmy Stewart Airport. The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has a long legacy of leaders, contributors, members and community who have given their time & talents over the past 60 years. It’s their dedication that resulted in the celebration of this special milestone. Thank you to so many from the Indiana County community for contributing to the success of this anniversary celebration. Brad Kratz of Innovative Aviation and Rick Fuellner and his team at the airport graciously provided the unique venue for the special celebration. Guests enjoyed a “Taste of Indiana County” with a variety of menu items provided by tourist bureau members, touring “Luck of the Irish”, a C-47 Skytrain, and listening to music through the decades. Special recognitions were presented by the Indiana County Commissioners as well as the offices of Senator Pittman, Representative Struzzi, Congressman “GT” Thompson. ICTB was pleased to honor Silas C. Streams with the Pioneer Award in recognition of being the “First Christmas Tree Grower” in Indiana County. Si was a pioneer in developing the Christmas tree industry which ultimately led to the county being named “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World”. Details and photos of the evening can be found on the tourist bureau website: www.visitindianacountypa.org/2023/06/ictb-60th-anniversary-celebration/
The Indiana County Tourist Bureau is now selling discounted tickets to Idlewild & SoakZone for $43 each. The tickets are valid any regular operating day during the 2023 summer season and can be purchased at the ICTB office, located in the Indiana Mall, from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call ICTB 724-463-7505 or visit our website www.VisitIndianaCountyPA.org
ICTB is partnering once again with the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers’ Association and Idlewild & SoakZone to have “Christmas in July – Indiana County Day” at Idlewild & SoakZone on Friday, July 21st. Everyone is encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and join the Indiana County community for this special day to enjoy the park attractions, visit with Santa, and sign-up for hourly prize drawings. This special day provides a great way to distribute ICTB member information to those visiting neighboring Westmoreland County and the first 200 kids to stop by the Indiana County Tourist Bureau/Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers’ Association gazebo will receive a FREE GIFT!
Announcing a new Indiana County, PA Visitor Guide! Approximately every two years, the staff at ICTB begins the process of preparing and designing the next Visitor Guide. The internal office project is a collaborative effort that ultimately results in ICTB’s primary marketing and promotional piece. Sixty-thousand guides are then printed locally at Gazette Printers and distributed at various events, travel trade shows, PA Welcome Centers, Turnpike Plazas, AAA Centers, hotels and other county’s tourist bureaus. Additionally, the guides will serve as a fulfillment piece for leads and are included in various welcome packets. Visitors preferring electronic copies of the guide can view, or even download, a copy of the guide on the ICTB website. www.visitindianacountypa.org
America250PA Indiana County;
America 250 is a nationwide initiative, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the United States! The Commission was established to “encourage, develop and coordinate the commemoration of the nation’s 250th anniversary, as well as Pennsylvania’s integral role in that event, and the impact of its people on the nation’s past, present and future.”
The multi-year commemoration is underway and will culminate on July 4, 2026, officially concluding in 2027. Local businesses and community organizations are encouraged to begin thinking about ways to integrate the America250PA theme when planning for activities, events and projects over the next several years.
Those interested in learning more about the Indiana County America250 initiative or wishing to become involved are encouraged to reach out to the Indiana County Tourist Bureau at 724-463-7505.
To learn more about Pennsylvania’s efforts, visit their website; www.America250PA.org