Weather lowers turnout for Pa. festival

October 28, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - An estimated 800 people attended the 12th annual Rhodes Grove Camp's Autumn Fest near Greencastle on Saturday, the camp's executive director said Saturday.

Usually about 1,200 attend the fund-raiser and community event, but attendance was expected to be lower this year due to the chilly and overcast weather, said Mark Story, camp executive director.

About 25 vendors sold merchandise ranging from jewelry and Christmas ornaments to apple cider, apple butter and barbecue chicken.

While some adults said their favorite part of the event was the food, children said they liked the pony rides and a rope swing.


Adults helped guide children through a maze made of straw. Next year there may be a maze made of corn, Story said.

The camp is owned and operated by the Mid-Atlantic Conference of the United Brethren in Christ Church.

Barry Clapsaddle of Arendstville, Pa., who was holding a balloon shaped like a dog, said he likes the event, which he attended for the year with his wife, Carol.

"I think it is wonderful," he said. "The kids have a lot of fun."

His granddaughters, Klare, 8, and Lydia, 5, said their favorite part of the event was a long rope swing.

"It was very enjoyable," said Vera Brown of McConellsburg, Pa., of the Knobsville Church of the Brethren.

She and about 60 church members, half of them adults and half children, were at the camp as part of an annual retreat, she said.

She bought an ornament from a crafts booth and plans to give it to a friend for Christmas, she said.

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