Zane Grey Festival 2014 will be starting July 12

Zane Grey Festival

Zane Grey Festival 2014
By Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River · Updated about 11 months ago
A huge thank you to participants and all the folks who enjoyed the Zane Grey Festival.

News Release Date: June 23, 2014
The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the Zane Grey Festival again this summer. Zane Grey was a prolific writer of Western novels who resided in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania from 1905 to 1918. The festival will be held at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania. It will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, July 18, 2009.

The Festival will highlight Zane Grey’s baseball, writing, and fishing careers. Colorful exhibits will peak your interest in Zane Grey fishing accomplishments. Speakers will discuss many aspects of the author’s public and private life. Learn more about the entire Grey family and their ties to our area. Don’t forget to bring the family because there will be plenty of activities for kids and parents alike. Girls bring your American Girl dolls to share with others while you listen to a story about Samantha. After everyone will make fans like those Samantha would have used in the summer of 1904. Games and activities direct from the Wild West will be planned for cowboys and girls of all ages.

This year’s highlight includes a special excursion on the Stourbridge Line that will run from Honesdale, PA to Lackawaxen, PA. Passengers will travel beside the beautiful Lackawaxen River as they listen to tales of Zane Grey and the Canal. Once in Lackawaxen passengers can spend time at the festival.

Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children. Other activities include trying your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones, learning how to cast a fishing rod, and water safety.

The Lackawaxen Fire Company will also be cooking up hamburgers andhot dogs during the festival, so plan on staying for the afternoon or all day.

The Wayne County Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club will have antique cars on display throughout the property.

It was the draw of the outdoors that enticed young Zane to visit Lackawaxen. The program Wildlife Abounds will be presented throughout the day. Visitors will learn about the diverse wildlife that inhabits the Delaware River Valley.

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. Refreshments will be served all day. For more information about this event call Education Specialist Ingrid

zane grey festival 2014
Zane Grey

Festival Genre: Culture fest

Top events at the festival: Music, Children’s Activities, Food, Exhibitors, the Zane Grey Museum

Best words to describe the celebration: Family fun

Address of festival:
135 Scnie Drive
Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, 18435
United States

Expected Attendance: 800

Official festival Website:

Festival / event start dateJuly 12, 2014

Openings for vendors still available to purchase?: No

Referred By:

The Zane Grey Festival is geared towards fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.

Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a Scavenger Hunt. The Cowboy Dentist will interpret what it was like to work out on a western range, while captivating children and adults with his stories about cowboys. Aspiring young authors can meet with children’s authors Clara Gillow Clark and Lindsay Barrett George.

Zane Grey was an avid fisherman throughout his life. Growing up in Zanesville, OH in the last decades of the 19th century, young Zane found an unlikely companion and mentor in a lovable tramp whose nickname was Old Muddy Miser. Old Muddy Miser was the man responsible for teaching Zane about fishing and encouraging him to pursue the sport no matter where he ended up in life. Taking Old Muddy Miser’s words to heart, Zane spent as much time as he could fishing. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry he established a successful practice in Manhattan.

At the turn of the 20th century the Upper Delaware region became a refuge from the sweltering and crowded conditions in New York City. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Lackawaxen, PA offered a convenient and quiet place to escape and allowed Zane easy access to some of the best fishing in the area. The Delaware River was very important to Zane Grey’s career as well. Some of his professionally written articles were about fishing on the Delaware River. In 1902 the article “A Day on the Delaware” was published in Recreation magazine.

As Zane became a successful author he was able to commit financial resources to fund deep sea expeditions. It was on his trips to places like Tahiti, Australia, and New Zealand that Zane achieved many world records with his fantastic catches of fish over 1,000 pounds. These expeditions made Zane an expert and pioneer in deep sea fishing techniques and lore.

However, Zane never lost the love that he had for the Delaware River and the many streams and rivers such as the Lackawaxen River or Masthope Creek where he and his brother first began fishing for trout and bass. Now it is time for you to get out your rod and reel and try your hand at plying the waters that Zane fished when he lived in Pike County.

The Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby runs from April 12th through July 6th. Simply catch “the big one” and take a photograph on the official ruler and send your image to the Pike County Historical Society at Of course release your catch back into the waters that it was caught in. You can obtain a ruler at local bait and tackle shops and at the Zane Grey Museum. Winners will be selected from the largest fish caught in three categories: Youth male (up to 15), Youth female (up to 15) and Open Class. Winners will be notified by July 11th and awards will be presented at the 10th Annual Zane Grey Festival at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, PA. The Zane Grey Festival is a family friendly event that explores the natural and cultural history of the Upper Delaware Valley as well as Zane Grey. The festival runs from 10:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, July 12th. For more information about the Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby or the Zane Grey Festival

Good luck to all anglers!!
Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby

When: Derby Timeframe – April 12, 2014 to July 6, 2014

Where: Game fish targeted are smallmouth bass, rainbow, brook, and brown trout, caught on the Zane Grey waters of the Delaware River, the Lackawaxen River, their tributaries, and all the flowing waters of Pike County.

Eligibility: Youth and licensed anglers: fly-fishing or conventional tackle. Three prize categories: Youth Male (up to 15 yrs), Youth Female (up to 15 yrs), and Open Class.

Objective: Foster awareness of “Catch and Release:” promote youth fishing: help celebrate “Pike 200” and the Zane Grey Festival.

Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby Tournament Rules

This tournament is open to all anglers, no pre-registration or entry fee. To enter, simply take a photo of your brown, rainbow or brook trout or smallmouth bass placed on the “Official Ruler” and email it to along with the name of the angler, age if in youth division, and certify that the entered fish was caught in “Zane Grey” Waters and promptly released unharmed to the water. Dead fish not eligible. Winners will be contacted by return email, prior to July 12, 2014.

Catch and Release Protocols

Pinch the barb on your single hook. Play the fish quickly. Wet your hands or use a catch and release landing net. Remove fish briefly from the water for the photo only. Avoid the eyes and gills while using a hemostat to remove the hook. If hooked too deeply, cut the line and release promptly. Face the fish upstream, gently “swim” in the current to help water through the gills. Once the fish recovers, RELEASE. Be thankful for the fish!



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