ORA to Award Outdoor Rec Contest Winners & Prizes on December 2

The Oil Region Alliance will announce the winners of the 2022 Outdoor Recreation Business Plan Contest Friday, December 2 at 7:15 p.m. and give away two special prizes to lucky attendees.

The announcement will be part of Oil City’s Christmas Past and take place in Town Square in conjunction with the tree lighting and musical acts.

Children ages 5 to 12 can enter a free drawing for a chance to win a bike sponsored by 4 Season Cycle of Franklin.

Adults can enter a free drawing for a chance to win a $200 gift certificate sponsored by Outdoors Allegheny River Services (OARS) of Franklin, good for equipment rental or ax throwing. Must be present to enter and win.

The four finalists were selected by a panel of judges based on a submitted business plan and then in-person presentation.

The finalists are:
• Adam Diem of Oil Valley Gravel, LLC. for the Roughneck Gravel Roubaix bike race based in Titusville over Memorial Day Weekend
• Hannah Gamble of Iron Furnace Coffee to expand the business with a coffee trailer to take to events, parks, and other offsite locations
• Theresa McQuaide of Ziibi Fins and Floats for overnight camping along the Allegheny River and pedal kayak rentals
• Erin Wanninger and Marcy Hall for outdoor seating, bike parking, bike fix-it station, and overlook of Allegheny River at Woods and Rivers Coffee Shop in Oil City

All four of the above finalists are in the running for either a $5,000 or a $10,000 prize. Support for the contest is provided by Venango County Act 13 funds.

Follow the contest progress at

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s December 2022 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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