Halfway Park Days time for family fun


HALFWAY - For the past four years, Williamsport High School senior Bucky Price has performed with his school's jazz band at Halfway Park Days.

Every year, the baritone saxophone player's family has come to the Memorial Day weekend event to watch him.

This year, the Prices got a special treat when Miss Maryland, Heather Davis, sat in with Bucky's band on piano.

"I like the music a lot, and my friends are here," said Bucky's brother, Bo, 10.

It's a nice family event after being cooped up for the winter, said dad Greg Price, who volunteers at the Junior Football League food stand.

"As long as the weather holds out, it's perfect," said mom Bobsy Price, who likes the combination of entertainment, crafts and food the free outdoor event offers.


In its 20th year at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, Halfway Park Days has helped make the park what it is today, said Denny Repp, president of the Lions Club of Halfway.

Over the years, the club has put about $150,000 of event proceeds back into the park, funding projects like the swimming pool, pavilions and ball field, Repp said.

The proceeds also help the club help the Halfway community by paying for eye exams and eyeglasses for needy children, sponsoring Little League baseball and providing Thanksgiving baskets to needy families, he said.

If the weather holds out today, organizers think the two-day event could attract a record-breaking 10,000 or more people, said member Jeff Mussolino, who is in charge of entertainment.

The Williamsport and South Hagerstown high school jazz bands provided musical entertainment on Saturday.

Long Lonesome Highway, a country variety group, will perform today, Mussolino said.

Magician Michael T is scheduled to reappear, he said.

While some were tapping their feet to swing tunes at the music pavilion, others were checking out the wares of the 115 arts and crafts vendors or chowing down on barbecued chicken, funnel cakes or one of the many other food choices.

It wasn't Halfway resident Shari Jackson's first time at the event, but it was a first for daughter August, 11, who said she was really enjoying it.

"I liked the face painting and the aqua art," she said.

Younger sister, Sara, 4, said she liked riding the pony best.

Halfway Park Days is very much a community event, Repp said.

The Volunteer Fire Company of Halfway always sets up a first aid station, he said.

Boy Scout Troop 136 is helping to keep the park clean during the event, Repp said.

Many of the arts and crafts vendors are local people, he said.

It's about the eighth year Fairplay crafters Floris and Joan Knight have set up a booth for their hand-painted, decorative items at the event.

"We call this our fun show," said Floris Knight, 65, who cuts, saws and sands the wood his wife paints on.

"It's the first show of the season. We get to see all of the other crafters and people who buy," Knight said.

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