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Kids have their day at Summer Jam

July 22, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Kids have their day at Summer Jam



CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Free fun for kids.

That was the plan and realization of Summer Jam 2000 held Saturday in the parking lot at the Southgate shopping plaza in Chambersburg, where all the activities and the popcorn were free.

Youngsters wearing sumo wrestler suits that added padded girth hopped and waddled into each other.

"It was fun knocking people over and stuff," said Jacob Bush, 15, of Shippensburg.

"It was awesome," said Justin Perkins, 15, of Shippensburg, Pa., whose mother was an event organizer.

Other youths took swings at each other with heavily padded giant boxing gloves or went inline skating.

The face painting and temporary tattoos were also popular.

"I love the yin and yang," said Kalcie Nunemaker, 8, of Chambersburg, who had a yin and yang symbol painted on her cheek.

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The event was the community project chosen and organized by three recent graduates of Leadership Franklin County, a program sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

"Our goal was to give the children a summer activity, a carnival-like event," said Nicole Smith, an event organizer.

Sheryl Perkins, another organizer, said they hope to turn Summer Jam into an annual event that would be held as part of the annual ChamberFest. ChamberFest is a festival commemorating the anniversary of the burning of Chambersburg by Confederate troops in July 1864 and celebrating the rebirth of the town.

ChamberFest-related events run through the end of the month.

Organizer Steve Lubart said it cost about $2,000 to put on the Summer Jam 2000.

June Nunemaker, whose daughter had a yin and yang symbol painted on her cheek, said she was very pleased with the event.

"It's safe fun family activities for the kids," she said. "Something for the family and the kids to do together."

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