Kinzua Bridge State Park “I Kid A Rod” Was a Huge Success

Local kids had a lot of fun competing and learning about the outdoor activity and art of mushing! Besides learning about the tradition of mushing, other highlights from the event gave kids a chance to compete in a “mock” serum run where they used a “dry-land cart” in -stead of a sled; and eggs in place of the serum.  The eggs were wrapped in pieces of fur, just as they did with the serum from the original “Serum Run” in Alaska.  3 or 4 kids pulled the cart with one kid on the cart.  The event was timed, and the eggs were inspected after each run.  No eggs were broken for the entire event! Another highlight was that each participant was given the chance to learn how to harness a sled dog!  Both dogs and people had a great time!

This event was sponsored by the park’s friend group, The Kinzua Bridge Foundation.  Mary Ann Burgraff, Executive Director and the Foundation Board gave a sizable donation that allowed the event to come to the park!

Holly Dzemyan presented a check to Dale Pitcher of the Smokey Mountain Sled Dogs. The generous donation was from the Kinzua Bridge Foundation, Mary Ann Burgraff, Executive Director and the Foundation Board to help make the event happen for all the kids that participated.

For more information, please contact Kinzua Bridge State Park Visitor Center and Park Office at (814) 778-5467 or e-mail us at  Visit DCNR’s website directly at