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A peachy weekend in Leitersburg

August 09, 1997

By TERRY TALBERT

Staff Writer

LEITERSBURG - It was peaches and cream in Leitersburg on Saturday. Well, peaches, anyway. And plenty of them. There was peach ice cream, peach tea, peach hard candy, peach shortcake, peach cobbler, baskets of peaches and pecks of peaches.

You get the idea.

The 18th annual Leitersburg Peach Festival, sponsored by the town Ruritan Club, continues from noon until 6 p.m. today at the community park.

On Saturday, the grounds were packed by 1 p.m. A woman directing visitors to parking places estimated there were twice as many visitors as last year. She pointed to a wooded area to the left of the park.

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"We had to open that up to parking for the first time," she said. "The regular parking area was full by 9 a.m."

Ralph and Louise Oldham of Greencastle, Pa. were at the festival for the second straight year. This time they had their 1 1/2 -year-old great-granddaughter in tow.

"The food, we liked the best," Louise Oldham said of last year's trip, when the couple took home some peaches, and Ralph Oldham feasted on fresh peach ice cream. It was worth coming back, they said.

Jenny Grimm was watching children take pony rides.

"I've been coming here two years," she said. "Mainly I like the animals - and the peaches and the pies and the food. I'm not much of a craft person. I enjoy the people. This is a beautiful thing for people. There's a lot of good fellowship here."

Scott Stevens, 8, who also lives on Broadfording Road, was holding on to the reins of Tiny, a miniature horse waiting her turn to walk the ring.

"My daddy used to work for the lady who owns the ponies," he said.

"It's good, it's fun. I like feeding the goats and taking care of the horses," Stevens said.

The goats belonged to Lee and Norma Walker of Somerset, Pa., who were operating a nearby petting zoo. It was their first time at the festival. They said they'd be back next year.

"The children have been delightful. About 150 have come in so far," said Norma Walker as she watched kids give the goats feed from styrofoam cups.

"They're starting to get a little full now," said Lee Walker.

Earl and Deb Williams of Williamsport said they've been coming to the festival for years," Deb Williams said. "There seem to be more vendors, but I don't think it's really changed a lot. They still have the same good food."

Food seemed to be on most everybody's mind, and vendors were hard-pressed to keep up with the demand.

Members of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. and Auxiliary were selling sandwiches like, well ... hotcakes.

Brenda Hitt of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Leitersburg said the church youth group was selling its share of peach ice tea and shortcake.

While food seemed to be the focus for most, there were plenty of other things to do. Like walk through the Civil War encampment, or hit one of the dozens of craft booths on the grounds.

What better way to beat the heat on a muggy August day?

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