Previous Central Pennsylvania All-Star Football games such as the 1960 Central Counties and the the 1977-78 Lewistown Lion Club were "great football games," but were short lived.
In 1985, the Central Pennsylvania Football coaches Association, with J. Gawen Stoker as the Game Director, initiated the Mid-State Classic under the corporate sponsorship of the Mid-State Bank. The game was established to promote scholastic football, to recognize excellence of our players and coaches, to provide a system of ongoing football education for our coaching staffs, and to fund a healthy scholorship program.The first game involved players from twenty-five schools. Uni-Mart replaced Mid-State as the game sponsor in 1993. Since 1996, Jack Bailey and Rob Irwin have served as Co-Game Directors for the Classic. J. Gawen Stoker took over as Director untill 2010. In 2011, retired Huntingdon Coach Jim Zauzig took over as the current Classic Director to present day.
In 1998, the Lezzer Lumber Company became the major sponsor for the Classic with the CPFCA maintaining the football and organizational aspects of the game. We are proud to continue our association with the Lezzer Lumber Company as the corporate sponser. Currently, there are thirty-two (32) schools from District 6 and 9 involved in the game. To date over $100,000.oo in the form of over 200 scholarships have been awarded to help young people continue their education. The CPFCA holds monthly mini-clinics for High School and youth coaches during the winter months. To the players and coaches, being selected to participate in the "Classic" is held in high reguard.