Goddard Events:

Pioneer Frolic

2015 Schedule

Saturday, June 27

11:00 AM: Community Choir (Marmee Snyder, Director)

11:45 AM: Professional Reenactor Paul Stillman

Paul Stillman

12:00 Noon: Beeswax candle dipping

12:30 PM: Sound Witness

1:00 PM: Butter making

1:30 PM: Mercer County Country Boys

2:00 PM: Native American drum and rattle making

3:00 PM: Butter making

3:30 PM: The Keelings

The Keelings

4:00 PM: Children's drum circle with Rich Ermlick

Sunday, June 28

11:00 AM: Pioneer Church Service

12:15 PM: Professional Reenactor Paul Stillman

1:00 PM: Dan Wilcox

1:00 PM: Butter making

2:00 PM: Native American drum and rattle making

2:30 PM: Picks & Hammers

Picks and Hammers

3:00 PM: Butter making

3:30 PM: Z Praise

4:00 PM: Beeswax candle dipping

The two-day event will also include:

  • native American encampment

  • pioneer encampment

  • horse and wagon rides

  • craft vendors

  • used book sale

as well as demonstrations of:

  • spinning

  • quill pen & powder horn making

  • blacksmith tasks

  • historic toys

  • weaving

  • tools of the time

  • tanning

  • butter making





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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

To view a slideshow of park photos, click on "Goddard Photos" at the top of the page.

Mercer County boasts a 2,800 - acre wonder — the lake, wetlands, fields and forests of Maurice K. Goddard State Park.


Lake Wilhelm marina at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The park marina basks under a summer sun.

Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.

Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FROG) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) FROG's accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.



A wildlife educator demonstrates the grasping power of a hawk.

FROG membership is free. Become a "friend" and get involved. Your help is needed with :


Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic

Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic.

The Friends of Goddard State Park meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the park office building. We are looking for people with all types of interests, including nearby landowners, boaters, birders, hunters, bikers, and others.The Friends of Goddard are a partner group with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF).


Milkweed and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.