Rock in River Festival

PA Stone Skipping Championship

Saturday, August 20, 2016

11 AM-4 PM

Riverfront Park

Directions & Parking Locations

2015 PA Stone Skipping Champion
Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner

2015 RR Steiner Throwing


REGISTRATION FORM [Bring with you.]

The River Festival will include music, crafts, food, boat rides, rock painting for the children, a book signing by Sarah Ann Benton of her recently released Arcadia Publishing book, Franklin, a chicken barbeque and lots of fun! Join us at Riverfront Park overlooking the confluence of French Creek and the beautiful Allegheny River. Watch amateurs and professionals, including 2011 PA State Champion Kurt "Mountain Man" Steiner and 2010 National Champion and Guinness World Record Holder, Russ Byars, compete for the state championship of skipping stones across the water. Children may compete in Gerplunking. Kayak demos provided by "O.A.R.S." For more information, please e-mail Ronnie Beith, or 814.437.1619 x 123.

City of Franklin
Mike & Joyce Hughes
Central Electric Cooperative
Liberty Electronics
Timothy E. Hartle Funeral Home
Venango Diagnostic

Kurt Steiner, Guinness World Record Video

NEW STONE SKIPPING GUINNESS WORLD RECORD STAYS LOCAL IN PENNSYLVANIA!** KURT STEINER SKIPPED A ROCK 88 TIMES! The most consecutive skips of a stone on water is now 88 and was achieved by Kurt Steiner (USA). The cast was achieved at Red Bridge, near Kane, Pennsylvania, USA on 6 September 2013. Kurt took the record back from Franklin, PA's Russ Byars with 53 skips. Kurt competes each year in PA's Stone Skipping Championship during Rock In River Fest in Franklin, PA. Kurt, being the previous record holder for this category from 2002-2007, has been practicing for the past few years to improve his skills. He has collected more than 10,000 "quality rocks" and has sorted each according to its type, to prepare for the best possible throw. He looks for stones "that weigh between 3 - 8 ounces... that are very smooth (they don't have to be perfectly round), flat bottoms and are between 1/4 - 5/16th of an inch thick."

Rock Skipper

Would you believe me
If I said rocks can fly?
And Walk on water?
It is no lie.

It is all in the wrist
With help from the eye.
Set just the right angle
And let the rock fly!

Across the water
It will skip and slide
And with help from you
Make it to the other side.

So have faith my friend-
And just give it a try.
Pick your rocks carefully,
You'll find one that can fly!

T.L. Needham ยท 01.12.07

Click play to watch the "Rock in River" promotional video