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Waynesboro plans triennial celebration

January 21, 1998

Waynesboro plans triennial celebration

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Hoping to hold onto the spirit of last summer's 200th anniversary celebration, the committee that planned and ran the two-month-long event is now planning to hold a shorter version every third year.

The consensus among the 14-member committee is that the new festival, tentatively set for the 10 days following the third Friday in September, will be called WaynesboroFest, said Allie Kohler, coordinator for the recent bicentennial.

Holding it over 10 days means it will be spread over two weekends.

The first WaynbesboroFest will be held in the year 2000. Its purpose will be to maintain community involvement, Kohler has said.

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Kohler said he and his fellow committee members were overwhelmed by the support the community showed for 1997's bicentennial, which featured more than 50 events in two months and ended with a week of intense activities and a gigantic parade.

A parade will be a highlight of any triennial event, Kohler said.

The borough of Greencastle, Pa., about 10 miles east of Waynesboro, has been holding a triennial celebration called Old Home Week since 1902. Planning is already under way for the next one to be held this summer.

It cost about $90,000 to put on the bicentennial celebration. The committee received a financial report Monday showing an expected surplus of more than $35,000 from sale of bicentennial commemorative items.

"That will be the seed money for the first triennial. The $35,000 will generate interest over the next three years which can also be used for the celebration," Kohler said.

He said the original 14-member bicentennial committee, now down by four members, will disband in July after all bills are paid. It will be replaced by the new WaynesboroFest committee, which will have up to 15 members and be incorporated.

Volunteers to serve on the new committee are being sought. Kohler said he plans to serve on it.

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