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First WaynesboroFest begins today

September 14, 2000

First WaynesboroFest begins today



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The First Triennial WaynesboroFest, 10 days of entertainment, along with educational and historical events in downtown Waynesboro begins today and runs through Sept. 24.

The festival stems from the town's two-month-long Bicentennial celebration in the summer of 1997.

Organizers hope WaynesboroFest will become a community tradition to be repeated every three years similar to the Old Home Week festival in Greencastle, Pa.

Old Home Week has been held every three years since the turn of the century.

WaynesboroFest gets under way with an informal gathering at 5 p.m. on Friday with free food served in a large tent near Rip Engle Stadium followed by an official opening at 7 p.m. The Waynesboro Area Senior High School football squad will take on the team from Cumberland Valley High School. Fireworks will end the night's activities.

Saturday's activities begin at 10 a.m. in the Public Square with small celebrations, food concessions and the 40-unit Grand Parade starting at 2 p.m.

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Churches around town will celebrate with community services to launch the Sunday activities. At 2 p.m. the Elks-sponsored bingo games begin at the lodge at 66 W. Main St. Tickets to the bingo are $20.

Bingo is the only event that requires a ticket. All other events are free.

The first historical bus tour of the 10-day fest leaves at 2 p.m. Tickets for the tours, which will have narrators on board, are all gone.

Also at 2 p.m. a disc jockey will begin spinning music for karaoke at the high school.

The rest of 10 days will be taken up with walking tours, kids' story times, a talent showcase, concerts by the U.S. Air Force Band and the Wayne Band, fashion, auto, flower and memorabilia shows, antique appraisals, an auction and open houses at four area businesses, among other events.

Among the commemorative items for sale in the WaynesboroFest headquarters on the square are pewter plates, sweatshirts and T-shirts, hats, flags, mugs and glasses, pens, key rings and trivets.

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