2020 will mark the 57th Anniversary of Horse Trading Days, an annual event of the Zelienople Area Business Association and made possible with the support of the Borough of Zelienople, local businesses, and Zelienople Police Department, among many others.
The first Horse Trading Days festival was introduced in 1963 as a sales promotion in conjunction with a horse show put on by the Pennsylvania Amateur Horsemen's Association (PAHA) in the Community Park baseball field. The horse show was organized by Wyndle Watson, then-President of the PAHA and working as a general assignment reporter at the Butler Eagle. Mr. Watson met with Phil Blum, owner of Blum's Shoe Store, Ron Roach, Jim Cleaver of Franklin Health and Donald Walkman, President of Zelie Finance, who agreed to organize the merchants to promote the Harmony and Zelienople areas along with the horse show, and Horse Trading Days was born. Mr. Watson later spent many years working for the Pittsburgh Press and still lives in the area today.
Since those early years, Horse Trading Days has grown to become one of the largest community festivals in the area, welcoming as many as 40,000 guests each year. This year's event showcases live music, craft vendors, food, games and much more - good wholesome family fun!
The Horse Trading Days Committee welcomes you to our region and invites you to return to Zelienople to tour the many historic sites, explore our unique stores, and dine at our fine restaurants and cafes.