2021 Oil Region Outdoor Recreation 

Business Contest

Do you have an idea for a business that would better attract and accommodate trail users in the Oil Region National Heritage Area?

Do you want to make improvements to your current business in the Oil Region that serves outdoor enthusiasts?

This contest rewards new and expanding businesses that submit solid business plans to provide vital goods and services to users of the bicycle, mountain bike, hiking, water, ski, ATV, equestrian and/or any other type of trail or outdoor recreation.

The Oil Region in Western Pennsylvania is comprised of all of Venango County and Hydetown, Oil Creek Township, and Titusville in Crawford County.  Also included in the contest area are Foxburg (Clarion County) and Parker (Armstrong County) to the south.

Meet the 2020 Winners!


Kayakers on Sandycreek, courtesy Michael Henderson

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Map of Contest Area


Contest Details

*Tentative Schedule*

June 8, 2021

6:00 pm, via Zoom

RSVP to jgorman@oilregion.org

Concept Paper Deadline
July 14,  2021  4:30 p.m.

Judge Criteria for the Concept Paper

Semi-Finalists Selected & Announced

July 29, 2021

Business Plans Deadline
October 29, 2021  4:30 p.m.
Learn more about Business Plans here.


November 15-20, 2021


Winners Announced

December 3, 2021  

Oil City Christmas Past, Town Square

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Kayaker on Allegheny River Water Trail, courtesy Kim Harris


Grab Trails bikers, courtesy Jerry Sowden


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2019 Get on the Trail Contest Winners

Support for this project provided by County of Venango Act 13 funds


have an idea, but need some help?

Look no further!


Check out some winning ideas from years past!