Park festival has a high wall ... and all


HALFWAY - Like a junior Spider-man, 14-year-old Anthony Hall scaled the 24-foot rock wall in seconds Saturday afternoon at Marty Snook Memorial Park.

"I just didn't look down," said Hall, of Martinsburg, W.Va.

Although he said he's never rock-climbed before, he picked it up quickly and showed off his prowess with several turns at the vertical challenge.

The wall was a feature of Halfway Park Days festival, which kicked off Saturday and continues today. Events today begin at 11 a.m. and include a dance demonstration by The Hagerstown Dance Association at 2 p.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. performances by The Humbuckers, a five-man vocal band from Washington.


On Saturday, the sure-footed rock climbers were mostly teenage boys who raced up wall, making it look easy.

Hall's sister, Natasha, of Halfway, said the best part of the festival is the crafts.

Numerous crafts booths offered such items as dried flowers, flags, plants, jewelry, baked goods, recordings of American Indian music, pictures and Barbie dolls with voluminous dresses designed for use as toilet paper covers.

Festivalgoers could get a caricature of themselves, have their name drawn on a picture of a NASCAR vehicle or buy a T-shirt with dog on it.

Although not "crafty" herself, Hall said her mother is very creative and she passes on craft ideas to her.

"I'm the one that breaks the sewing machine needles, but my mother's good at it," she said.

Natasha Hall said she and her family try to make the festival every year because it has something for everyone.

Cathy Near of Halfway and her daughter, Danielle, 10, enjoyed a powdered sugar funnel cake while browsing through the crafts at the park.

The festival features 11 food vendors selling items including lemonade, ice cream, pork sandwiches, sausages, hot dogs, French fries, popcorn and more.

Coming to the festival, was her idea, Danielle said as she clutched a stuffed animal she was encouraging her mother to buy for her.

"I like the stuffed animals," she said.

The Classical Youth Ballet Co. performed along with the South Hagerstown High School and Williamsport High School jazz bands.

Halfway Days is sponsored by The Lions Club of Halfway.

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