Fort Days 2018

Ligonier’s Heritage: Then & Now.

“Ligonier’s Heritage: Then & Now” is the theme for Fort Ligonier Days, 2018. This town-wide celebration has grown over more than half a century to be one of the most anticipated and popular fall festivals in the tri-state area. You will find friendly merchants, helpful volunteers, an impressive array of arts and crafts, a dizzying variety of food and drink, lots of good music, authentic battle re-enactments at Fort Ligonier, a spectacular Saturday parade and an endless supply of Ligonier Valley history and hospitality throughout the weekend.

In Appreciation


The 2018 Fort Ligonier Days Committee began planning in January for this festival. Their genuine appreciation goes out to each of the committee chairpersons, the many volunteers who spend countless hours in planning, and the other generous contributors who help in presenting Fort Ligonier Days.

Fort Ligonier Days Inc.
Board of Directors

Mark Sorice, President
Steve Gooder, Vice President
Cathy Klinchock, Secretary
Annie Urban, Treasurer
Pam Anderson
Jim Faccenda, LVCC Representative
Jack McDowell Chair
Vic Smith, Co-chair
Bill Stablein, Chair Emeritus

Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce
Fort Ligonier Days Staff

Scott Haines, LVCC Executive Director
Amber Carney, LVCC Executive Assistant

Fort Ligonier

Annie Urban
Matt Gault
Mary Manges
Erica Nuckles

Public Safety & Security


Dan Stevens, FLD Public Safety Coordinator
John Berger, Ligonier Borough Police Chief
Mike Matrunics, Ligonier Township Police Chief
Scot Graham, Mutual Aid Ambulance Service
Excela Health, Latrobe Hospital
Paul Fry, Ligonier Borough Public Works Director
Gene Stouffer, Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety
Roland (Bud) Mertz, Director of Public Safety, Westmoreland County
Ligonier Borough Public Works Crew
Civil Air Patrol Pennsylvania Wing 
Laurel Valley Ambulance Service
Ligonier Borough and Ligonier Township Police Departments
Ligonier Valley Fire Companies and surrounding area fire departments
Ligonier Township Supervisors and the Township Crew
Team 211
Pennsylvania State Police




Christy Show – Chair, Municipal Lot
Carole Wright, Mellon Park Lot
Emily Daugherty, Train Station Lots
Debbie Snyder, Loyalhanna Lot
Jennifer Hunter, Mellon Park Lot
Peggy Steele, Fairfield Lot


Sandy Podlucky
Don Lachie

Sound Engineer

Erich Bucholtz


Pam Anderson, Co-chair
Mark Sorice, Co-chair
Megan Welty, Co-chair
Carole Wright, Co-chair
Peggy Steele


Vic Smith, Chair

Food Booth Judges

Carol Baier
Laureen Lowry
Mary Zappone

Information Booths

Cathy Klinchock, Coordinator
Barb Smith

Kids Corner at the YMCA

Larry Stormer
Shantel Burkholder

Event Assistants

Tyler Coleman
Dennis Irwin
Laurel Ross
Larry Shirey
Dale Show
Mark Sorice
Jeremy Springer


Tom Stablein, Chair
Sheryl Bendorf
Barb Smith
Susan Woolridge
Pam Anderson
Mason Daugherty
Nathan Johnston
Megan & Ron Leary
Todd & Karen Markle
Carla Naugle
Dave O’Hara
Pete Pacienza
Bob Penrod
Sam Sapone
Mark Sorice
4-H Club
Middle School & Midget Cheerleaders
Smail Auto Group
Town & Country Motors

Design & Technology Consultant

Paul Fireman, Fireman Creative
Devon Gjebre, Fireman Creative
Rhonda Marshall, Fireman Creative

Fort Ligononier Days App

Magan Welty


Ralph Kinney Bennett
Rick Schwab

The Voice of Fort Ligonier Days

Bill Brown


Tom Shearer

Wine Tasting

Pete & Patty Bloomer
Ron Marr


Nancy Valley


John McInchock, McInchock Sanitation

Electric Crew

Shaun Teacher, Electrical Consultant
Michael Jones, Cleveland Brothers

Festival Crew and Signs

Josh Roberts
Todd Kimmick
Sam Sapone
Chase Daugherty
Mason Daugherty
Joe Davis
Brandon Palmer
Jake Bolby
Chayne Anderson
Graham Fitchko
Nolan Schandel
Ian Shaw
Ty Kimmick

Golf Carts

Scot Graham


Jeff Bell

Student Volunteer Coordinator

Sandra Svilar

Ligonier Valley & Valley School Student Volunteers

Taylor Allison
Sara Klinchock
Camille Wallace
Madison Will

Other Contributors


Mrs. Elizabeth Bloom
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Flickinger
Dan Fritz, Rolling Rock Farms
Jerry Lucia of Klocik Burial Vault Co
Mr. & Mrs. J. Paul McCracken
Association of Churches
Eads Group Engineering
Economic Growth Connection
Highland Harley Davidson, Somerset
Idlewild Park & Soak Zone
John Hall Inc.
Laughlintown Garage – John & Linda Whipkey
Laurel Valley Golf Club
Ligonier Country Club
Ligonier Giant Eagle
Ligonier Valley School District
Loyalhanna Watershed Association
Luther P. Miller, Inc
Mack M. Darr Co., Inc
Rolling Rock Club
Valley School of Ligonier

We appreciate ALL our volunteers and ALL of their hard work!
We apologize if anyone’s name has been omitted.