Where is the PAFF?

The Annual PA Firefly Festival takes place on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B & B in Kellettville, just 15 miles east of Tionesta on Route 666. The address is 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa 16353.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Season is Heating Up!

We are counting days now, (40  to be exact) to the festival.  However, there are plenty of opportunities being offered this year for viewing and learning about fireflies leading up to the day of the festival on June 24.

The first opportunity will be the Locals' Night, Wednesday, June 14   All local residents and campers of Forest County are invited to join us for a FREE special preview night of the fireflies in Kellettville.  We will depart from the Black Caddis Ranch at 9:00 pm to walk to the Kellettville bridge to view the "Chinese Lanterns" and the return by 10:00 pm to walk into the forest to view the "Synchronous" firefly.  Weather will be factor, so if we have thunderstorms or temperatures below 60 degrees, we will reschedule for Friday, June 16.  RSVP on the Facebook page.

Here are some suggestions to enhance your firefly experience.

  1. Dress for walking in the forest.  Wear sturdy footwear, long sleeves and pants. 
  2.  Bring a walking stick/trek poles. 
  3.  Flashlights should be covered with a blue or red filter, or let your eyes adjust to the darkness and see the brilliant show naturally. 
  4. We encourage an up close and intimate experience with the fireflies.  Children may catch fireflies, but we ask that they release them as soon as possible after observing them. 
  5. Fireflies don't sting or bite, but ticks and mosquitos do.  If you choose to wear insect repellent, please DO NOT handle the fireflies.  If you dress protectively and check for ticks when you get home, you should not have to worry.

That same evening, we will be training new Firefly Guides.  All interested Firefly Guides are asked to come at 8:00 pm to get the information they need to lead nightly walks and the 100s of fireflyers at the festival.  Guides this year will be compensated and should apply in advance on the Pa Firefly Festival website.

More to come next week, when we will blog about the Seasonal Nightly Walks, and the Silent Sparks Benefit.  Check out the pafireflyfestival.org for more information too.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


The 5th Annual Pa Firefly Festival at the Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville, PA is less than two months away and we're excited to show you how much we've grown! If you haven't already, now is the time to get your travel plans set so you can join us this year.
   Although we're no longer offering camping on the festival site, there are plenty of camps, hotels and other lodgings nearby from which to choose.  Book now to avoid being disappointed!  Find a list of nearby lodging HERE!!
   New this year, we're asking attendees to REGISTER if they want a spot in our Creek and/or Forest Walks during the festival.  It's still free, but registering will help us to organize the crowds and give you the best firefly experience possible.  Register beginning May 1 HERE.
   Also new this year, we're offering a VIP Synchronous Firefly Experience!  For a $10 (per person) donation, you'll get access to the exclusive VIP firefly viewing area, your own dedicated firefly interpretive guide and up to an hour of uninterrupted viewing.  Secure your VIP Experience HERE.
   Don't want to fight the crowds on June 24th?  Black Caddis Ranch is offering nightly guided walks for a $5 donation (per person) to PAFF.  Walks can be scheduled on evenings from June 16 through July 1. Schedule a seasonal walk HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March updates

The Annual Pennsylvania Firefly Festival (PAFF) is announcing some exciting new opportunities for this year’s firefly season in Forest County.  Once again, the 5th Annual PAFF is on June 24 from noon to midnight.  Last year, we had 1100 enthusiastic visitors in one night.  This year, we hope to spread this enthusiasm over multiple nights to provide more opportunities to firefly enthusiasts. 

PAFF's primary mission is to educate the public about diverse species of fireflies in our area through providing opportunities to witness the “natural light show”.  To that end, we will be requiring reservations for the firefly walks at the festival, and offering up to 14 additional nights of guided firefly walks. By providing extra nights of viewing and limiting the crowd size on June 24, we hope to optimize the viewers’ experience while we protect the firefly habitats from overuse.  

Here are some of the planned events and changes that you will want to mark on your calendars:       
  •  Locals’ Night, Wednesday, June 14 (rain date June 16), 9pm-11pm
  •  Nightly guided firefly walks to benefit PAFF starting June 16 – July 1, 9pm-11pm (some exclusions apply)
  •   “Silent Sparks” PAFF benefit, Wednesday, June 21, at West Forest High School, 6:15-              8:30pm, firefly expert and author, Dr. Sara Lewis will make a presentation.
  •  5th Annual PA Firefly Festival, Saturday, June 24, noon – midnight, free firefly walks, and the new VIP Synchronous Firefly Experience.

This year the firefly walks at the festival will require reservationsDetails for making your reservations and for all the events can be found on the website, pafireflyfestival.org or call 814-230-2035 for more information.  

The most exciting addition this year is a special presentation by Dr. Sara Lewis author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies.  Dr. Lewis will be at West Forest High School on June 21.  This will be a benefit for the PA Firefly Festival, and donations will be accepted at the door.  Dr. Lewis will present a multi-media inspirational message about her firefly experience.  She will take questions from the audience and be on-hand to sign books. 

We hope you will find an evening to come watch the fireflies in the forest this June.

Monday, February 13, 2017

PAFF is providing an opportunity for lodging and campground owners or any Forest County business who have a special interest in learning more about the fireflies.  We are expecting a big increase in eco-tourism this June to the Forest county area due to the attraction of the humble little "lightning bug".  These tourists will be looking for everything from overnight accommodations and meals to fuel and flashlights.  If you are a business owner and want to learn how you can attract more of these visitors to your business, you are welcome to join us on March 8 at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church on German Hill in Tionesta for a Potluck and educational program.  Bring a dish or dessert to share and call 814-230-2035 for more information and to RSVP.