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Waynesboro considers triennial festival

December 25, 1997

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Many Waynesboro residents think it's a shame that much of what made this summer's two-month long, 52-event Bicentennial Celebration great can't be repeated for another 100 years.

Allie Kohler, bicentennial coordinator, is suggesting that a mini-festival be held in Waynesboro every three years.

Greencastle Pa., about 10 miles east of Waynesboro on Pa. 16, has been holding a triennial celebration since 1902. Called Old Home Week, the next one will be held next summer and will be the last for the 20th century. Planning is under way for that event, Greencastle officials have said.

"We'd like to keep something going here. We're hoping the spirit of the bicentennial will continue. We want the community to stay involved. We were all surprised at the support the bicentennial received and how many people turned out for the events," Kohler said.

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Kohler said the idea for a triennial celebration has received the blessings of the members of the committee that planned the bicentennial.

Commemorative items, in-cluding a video of Waynesboro history that features live interviews with local people, are still being sold.

It cost about $90,000 to put on the celebration this summer.

The committee meets again Jan. 19 to announce how much profit it made on the festival from sales of commemorative items and to decide what to do with the money.

Kohler said some could be used as seed money for the triennial celebrations. The first would be held in the year 2000, he said.

He envisions a 10-day festival starting the third Friday of September and running to the following Sunday.

"There would be a big parade, a dance night, concerts, a historical event and community participation, and it could incorporate the Waynesboro Area Senior High School's homecoming weekend that year," he said.

An organization could be created and incorporated to coordinate the festivals, he said. Its members could serve six-year staggered terms to ensure continuity on the committee, he said.

"Right now we want public comments and ideas," he said.

Borough Manager Lloyd R. Hamberger said festival planners would not need the official approval of the Borough Council.

"There wouldn't be any problems. It sounds like a great idea to me," Hamberger said.

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