Indian Creek Watershed Festival Cancelled But Virtual Fishing Festival and Car Show Still to be Held

Mountain Watershed Association looks out for our watershed community in many ways and the difficult decision to cancel the Indian Creek Watershed Festival due to Covid-19 is one of them. While we waited in hopes of being able to have the festival, reality set in and with the best interest of our community at stake, this year’s Indian Creek Watershed Festival in person activities have been postponed to next year. 

We will miss watching the 1,000 rubber duckies float down Indian Creek during the annual Rubber Duck Race. This race has been occurring for nine years now and has become a must see. How can you not smile, all while hoping your duck comes in first for the $500 prize? Or the smiles on the faces of kids of all ages as they enjoy the homemade fish and duck shaped sugar cookies that are donated each year.

While we are sad that we won’t be able to have our vendors, a part of the festival that keeps growing every year or the hands-on activities as we have done in the past, the event actually started as a FREE KID’s FISHING DAY. Thanks to the proceeds of the Duck Race along with several community sponsors, that remains the case. We are turning back the clock.


We may not all be there at the same time, but the Kid’s Fishing activities will go on. Mountain Watershed Association has vowed to stock the kid’s fishing area at C.W. Resh Park in Indian Head so that the kids and their families can still come out and fish. We hope that you will join us virtually for the fishing festival. From Saturday Sept 26 through Sunday Oct 4, spend an hour or two fishing the great streams we have here in the Indian Creek watershed.

Send us a photo of you with your catch to be entered into the door prize drawings. Photos can be submitted to by 8 p.m. Monday Oct. 5, 2020. Submissions must be for children who are 12 years of age or under. With the photographs please include the child’s name, age, mailing address (so we can send you your prize if you win) and whether or not we can share your photo on our social media pages, website, or other printed materials. Individual names will not be released with the photos.  


Another aspect of the Watershed Festival that seems to be growing is the Car Show. Throughout the area people have some unique or older cars that they like to share with others. We are  going to have the Car Show aspect of the festival virtually. So, if you have a rare, unique, or older car that you would like to feature in our VIRTUAL car show. Send us a one page write up of your car and include up to three photographs. We will place them on our website where people can visit the page, check out the cars and vote for their favorite. On the write up please include make, model, year, and anything that you would like people to know about your vehicle. Please do not put your name on the write up. Submissions for the Car Show must be received by 4:00 p.m. Sunday September 20, 2020. Please send them by email to


On behalf of the Mountain Watershed Association we would like to thank the following businesses who have helped sponsor the Indian Creek Watershed Festival for the past few years: G&D Market, B&G Bait, Laurel Hill Trout Farm, Laurel Highlands Total Communications, Donegal VFW, Somerset Trust, Ridgeline Heating & Cooling, Loyalhanna Veterinary Clinic, Kings Solomon Lodge, Champion Comprehensive Evolution, Sarnelli’s Market, Out of the Fire Café, Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, Jellystone Park, Indian Creek Valley Municipal Authority, USX Federal Credit Union and Connellsville Walmart.

We are accepting donations to pay for this year’s and next year’s fish!  You can send a check to Mountain Watershed Association with “Fish Fest”as the memo to PO Box 408 Melcroft, PA 15462.