Rock the Quarry

Rock the Quarry XVIII – 2018 dates to be determined

For now please browse our information from our 2017 RTQ to see what it’s all about.


Music, food, science demo, games, raffles, bonfire, fire trucks, fun for all ages.

For almost 20 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.

Luke and Ava enjoy cherry snow cones.

Luke and Ava enjoy cherry snow cones.

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Information for Rock the Quarry XVII

Below is information, schedules and links for Rock the Quarry XVII, August 25 and 26, 2017.  This will remain in place for visitors to see what the event includes until we begin scheduling for XVIII in 2018.

Thanks for joining us!

Rubber Ducky Race Winners

1st Place ($500)  – #253  – Sara T Miller  

2nd Place ($200) – #106 -Nevin Robb  

3rd Place ($100) – #433  – Steve/Peg Snavely 

Stuck Duck ($25) – #131  – Ken Klink 

Consolation prizes to:

#194  John Stachauser

#269  Shari Wagner

#291  Kingston Terrano

#232  Tim Ambrass

#390  Colleen Downey

Are you interested in being a vendor?

Are you interested in being a vendor at Rock the Quarry? Click here to download the vendor application and respond to the contact information on the form.

We still have spaces for non-food vendors! Fill out the application below and return by August 18.



Are you a musician or band interested in performing?

Please fill out the contact form below. You’ll receive a message from Joe Vitullo who schedules the music.

2017 Schedule of Events

FRIDAY (5:30 – 11:00 pm)


9pm Jakobs Ferry Stragglers (Bluegrass)

Ray Lanich Band (Rock) 7:15pm

With Special Musical Guests:
5:15pm Deluded Youth (Classic Rock)
6:15pm Dirty Old Mill (Alternative)


Mr. Science Demonstration (Event Tent)

SATURDAY (3:00 – 11:00 pm)


Jill West Blues Attack 9:00 pm

Tim Vitullo Band (Rock/Blues) 7:00 pm

With Special Musical Guests:
3:00pm   Beau Jackson 5 (70/80/90’s)
4:15pm   JJ Bickle & Liberators (60/70’s)
5:50pm   Randall Penn & Friends (Rock)


Family Fun Zone (all day)
Games & Crafts (all day)

Mr. Science Demonstration
7:30 pm Flag Ceremony
7:40 pm Rubber Ducky Race


Alpine Pools
Bernadette Kazmarski, artist
Dylan’s Quest Cotton Candy
Gaitens, Tucceri & Nicholas, PC
Goehring, Rutter&Boehm, PC
Howard Hanna Real Estate
JENDOCO Real Estate
Kristen’s LuLaRoe
Lane Construction, Inc.
Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineers
Panhandle Trail
Rennerdale Corner Store
Wine a Little, Paint a Lot


Both Rock the Quarry and the trail itself survive on volunteer efforts. Please sign in for a shift at Rock the Quarry using the form below.

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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. All parking is gravel.

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.

Check back frequently, or sign up to receive notices on our blog, Facebook page or Twitter @PanhandleCollFr! 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



2017 RTQ Flyer v2

Download a PDF Flyer

Download a  Word Flyer


Using GPS

If you have GPS, use 110 Noblestown Road, Carnegie 15106 as an address. There are a couple of alternates:

  1. Take I-79 Exit 55, turn left on Rt. 50 to the light at Thoms Run. Turn left onto Thoms Run (past CV High School) to light at Forsythe Road then turn right up hill. At T, turn left onto Hilltop Road past Collier Municipal Bldg, then make a right onto Walkers Mill Road. Trail is at bottom of hill. For main parking, continue to Noblestown Road, turn left then another left into Township yard.
  2. For the adventurous (no large trucks), you can get off at Exit 57 or continue west on Noblestown Road from Carnegie about 300 feet and turn right onto First St. then immediate right onto Dorrington (toward DDI and Weavertown). Wind across bridge and take a sharp left up hill. Continue through several sharps turns to Hilltop Road. Turn right and go about 2 ½ miles to a right onto Walker Mill Road.

11 Responses to Rock the Quarry

  1. We have a band that would like to play…who do we contact and when? Thank you.

  2. Nancy McMullen says:

    What animal shelter was there I was interested in the dogs.

  3. Clint Neill says:

    As of Aug 22, Noblestown Road is under construction. You might want to post some info here about it.

    • admin says:

      We will–we are getting together the best directions from each direction. We can’t believe they couldn’t wait just one week!

  4. mss says:

    We had fun! Glad we went!

  5. JJ Bickle says:

    We are excited about this event again this year!!! Thank you for having us back again. LOVE RTQ………JJB

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