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Dave & Dave Strange Pennsylvania
WQED's Dave & Dave find the unusual in Pennsylvania


PITTSBURGH – There are a lot of great places and events in Pennsylvania, and there are a lot of strange places and events that happen to be great. WQED’s Telly Award-winning Dave Hallewell and Dave Rhodes (Dave & Dave) scour the Commonwealth and find all sorts of magical people, places and things that make the Keystone State someplace special in Strange Pennsylvania with Dave & Dave, airing in high-definition (HD) on WQED-TV on Thursday, September 25 at 8pm.

Dave & Dave are hosts of WQED Pittsburgh’s high-rated program, Dave & Dave’s Excellent Adventures, seen every Saturday night at 10:30 on WQED-TV. They also travel the state and produce “docu-comedy” specials like Eat Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania’s Offbeat Museums that uncover hidden gems from Erie to Philadelphia and all points in between.

In Strange Pennsylvania, Dave & Dave travel the highways and by-ways of Pennsylvania for a fast moving hour of fun stops including:

Blobfest in Phoenixville – Every July, owners of the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville stage a weekend called “Blobfest” – a celebration of the classic horror film, The Blob, and also the location where the climax from the 1958 shocker was filmed. The weekend of offbeat festivities culminates with a re-enactment of the movie’s pivotal scenes and includes a lot of screaming.

The Caboose Motel in Titusville – For a truly unique lodging experience, it’s a hotel made up entirely of railroad caboose cars.

Gravity Hill in New Paris – Cars going downhill and rolling backwards. Is it a natural phenomenon or something else?

Lawn Mower Racing in Butler County – It’s just like any other kind of racing, except it’s with lawn tractors. The Shadetree Speedway features the adrenaline of NASCAR and the nicest grass this side of Kentucky.

Archbald Pothole State Park in Lackawanna County – A state park containing the world’s largest pothole where even PennDOT fears to tread.

Land of Little Horses in Gettysburg – The Civil War battlefield gets all the attention, but like the name suggests, this is a magical land of little horses.

Ringing Rocks Park in Bucks County – Boulders big and small populate this unusual park, but there’s a twist. When the rocks are hit with a hammer, they ring like bells.

Wiener Dog Races in Pittsburgh – It’s the Kentucky Derby for dogs of the short-legged variety – the “Wiener 100” at Kennywood Park, one of the country’s oldest amusement parks.

Mutter Museum in Philadelphia – A museum of medical oddities that was founded to educate future doctors about anatomy and human medical anomalies.

Dunkel’s Gulf Gas Station in Bedford – An old-fashioned gas station that was designed by an architect who specialized in churches. This gas station looks like an Egyptian temple and it’s one of the last of its kind.

Back Yard Castle in New Milford – Most people have hobbies like stamp collecting, bowling or knitting, but for one Pennsylvania man, it’s a nine-room, hand-built castle in his backyard.

Dinosaurs in Erie – Find out why one Erie home has a yard crawling with giant dinosaurs and elephants.

Read Between the Signs in Meadville - In Meadville along Route 322, there is a unique art project going on just outside the PennDot building. Since 2002, students from Allegheny College and other universities have been erecting a 1,200 foot fence made entirely out of recycled road signs. And it has to be seen to be believed.

Strange Pennsylvania with Dave & Dave is made possible with a grant from the Pennsylvania Public Television Network (PPTN). PPTN is an independent, bipartisan commission that provides leadership and accountability in guiding, supporting, and advocating public telecommunications to educate, enlighten, inspire and connect the citizens of the Commonwealth.
WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for Station Excellence and 12 other Emmy Awards, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED-DT; WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED-HD; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; a publishing division that includes PITTSBURGH magazine; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org); and The WQED Education Department.

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