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Lions fair funds park

August 06, 1997

Lions fair funds park

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - This town is gearing up for its big event of the year, the annual Mercersburg Fair, held every year by the local Lions Club at the town park.

The fair is the club's major fund-raiser each year and brings in enough money to maintain and improve the park.

The Lions Club formed in 1941, just before World War II, and bought the land for the park shortly after the war, said Harold Wagner, long-time club member and chairman of the food committee for the fair.

He said the fair grosses more than $60,000 every year and nets about $18,000 after expenses. The money goes back into the park and into other Lions projects like the children's Halloween party held in the town.

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Wagner said the week-long event, running Sunday through Saturday, will be visited by more than 15,000 patrons.

There will be a 20-ride midway, food concession, livestock exhibit and judging one night, and exhibits in the commercial tent, Wagner said.

Volunteers from the Lions Club and from the community help make the fair a success every year, Wagner said. "We couldn't do it without them," he said.

Mercersburg Borough Manager Judy Chambers said Fair Week is a big event in Mercersburg. "The Borough Hall closes for the week. People in town go to the fair every night," she said.

The money it has raised has paid for two pavilion buildings in the park, a ball field, remodeling of the kitchen and other projects, Wagner said. "We add or improve something every year," he said.

One event that promises to be a big money maker will be the local celebrity dunk tank. Chambers volunteered for it, saying she expects to be one of its most popular targets.

"We raised sewer rates this year by 90 percent. I should make them a bundle of money," she said.

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