Rock the Quarry XIII - August 23 and 24

Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, campfire, fun for all ages.

For over ten years, Rock the Quarry (RTQ) has been an annual tradition. RTQ features two days of music, food, and fun. Each year, RTQ showcases up-and-coming local musical talent. Day two of RTQ features lots of activities for the kids as well as the Grand Rubber Duck Race and the traditional Sunset Remembrance Ceremony.

And this year the Steel City Road Runners is hosting a 5K race on Saturday morning! Information below after Saturday activities.

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Vendors, Volunteers and Gift Basket Donations

Please download flyer and display at work and businesses!

vendors at rock the quarry in collier townshipVENDORS

We are still accepting applications for non-food vendors. Contact Madeline Fotovich at 724-693-0870 or send an email to Deadline Aug. 15.


We would really appreciate your contributions for our basket auctions and other prizes! If you are a Panhandle Trail user, this helps support your trail. Any new item of whatever worth can be bundled into a beautiful basket. Items with logos are welcome as are gift certificates, unused gifts, whatever cash or checks payable to Panhandle Trail Assn. are also welcome.

Please drop off before August 18 so we can prepare the baskets to:

  • Deb Giffin, 17 Sunnyside, Carnegie PA 15106 (;
  • Kay Downey-Clarke, 2520 Hilltop Road Oakdale PA 15071 (;
  • Rennerdale Corner Store, Noblestown Road, Carnegie PA 15106;
  • or Collier Twp. Building, 2418 Hilltop Road, Presto PA 15142.


We still need volunteers for set up Wed and Thurs. Aug. 21 & 22, the event 23 & 24, and cleanup Sunday Aug. 25 8 am to noon.

2013 Schedule of Events

FRIDAY 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Mr. Science Demonstration at 6:00 p.m.

music stage at rocke the quarry in collier townshipMUSIC

Tres Lads @ 9:00 pm (Rock Favorites)

With Special Musical Guests:

  • Driven Lifeless (“Thrashy” Punk Rock)
  • ReCover (Classic Rock)
  • Trainwreck (Accoustic Rock/Country)

SATURDAY Noon to 11:00 p.m.

Noon: Family Fun Zone, Games & Crafts

2:00 p.m.: Mr. Science Demonstration


  • Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)
  • Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm))

Mahajibee Blues @ 8:30 pm (Rhythm &Blues)

With Special Musical Guests:

  • Dan Hanczar Band (Rock Favorites)
  • The Nox Boys (Punk Rock)
  • Kick Astronaut (90’s Rock)
  • Penn.Weiss.Ellis Band (Rock Favorites)
  • Morning After (Indie Rock)
  • JJ Bickel and the Liberators ('60s / '70s Rock)
  • South on 65 (New Country / Southern Rock)


big flag at rock the quarryThe Family Fun Zone from noon to 5 pm on Saturday will have science demonstrations, games and activities aimed at the kids. Also appearing both Friday and Saturday will be The Science Guy, Steve Reinstadtler.

Mr. Science Demonstration (6:00 pm)

Mr. Science Demonstration in the Activity Tent (2:00 pm)
Rubber Ducky Race (7:00 pm)
Sunset Flag Ceremony (7:05 pm)

And of course, the famous hand-cut Quarry Fries along with a variety of food from several vendors will satisfy any appetite, and we are also inviting non-food vendors to participate. For vendor information, call 724-693-8635 or email

Tickets for the Rubber Ducky Race, 7 pm Saturday, are $5 with a top prize of $500. Back also are the U-Choose Raffles with plenty of bountiful baskets to take a chance on as well as the moving Sunset Remembrance ceremony Saturday.

5K Fun Run & 1 Mile

Rock the Quarry XIII
5k Fun Run & 1 mile
Panhandle Trail Collier Township
Saturday August 24, 2013
Start time: 11:00AM

Registration is free, but donations are suggested on race day

Register at
Race day registration 10:00-10:45AM

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Come out and run a no frills low key timed race on one of Western Pennsylvania’s most scenic rails to trails.  The race is free, but donations are suggested on race day.  All proceeds from the race will benefit the Collier Friends of the Panhandle for trail maintenance and improvements.

Location and Parking

The event is held in the quarry area along the Panhandle Trail in between the Walkers Mill Entrance at the trailhead and the Sunnyside Entrance entrance. As you approach the intersection with Walkers Mill Road, you will see directional signs for parking areas and entrances to the event. Please visit our Maps page for other maps of the trail.

Free Admission and Parking; Bring a Chair and the Family! Donations Appreciated!

Benefits the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail

Extra Parking in Collier Public Works Yard, Noblestown Road, 1 ½ miles west of I-79 Exit 57.

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If you are interested in volunteering at Rock the Quarry or in becoming a vendor, please contact the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail at


RTQ 2013 (PDF)