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Sleigh a big draw at event

IceFest offers special carriage

IceFest offers special carriage

February 03, 2003|by BONNIE HELLUM BRECHBILL

A special attraction at Chambersburg's IceFest '03 this weekend was the chance to take a ride through brightly lighted downtown streets in an ornate sleigh.

Friday evening, the 15-minute ride through lightly falling snow took passengers past the Franklin County Courthouse, the Old Jail and various historic buildings.

Small twinkling white lights on the trees and the sparkling ice sculptures made the ride a striking winter image. Pedestrians and motorists turned to look at the unusual sight of a huge Black Percheron clip-clopping a Cinderella-type carriage through town.

Owned and driven by Ken Egolf of Keystone Classic Carriages in Mercersburg, Pa., the open sleigh has small rubber wheels that hold it a few inches off the ground so it can be used under any conditions.

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Four adults fit comfortably on its crushed velvet seats; a child or two can be easily tucked between the adults. Egolf provided blankets and quilts for his passengers.

Egolf stopped giving rides at 8 p.m. Friday due to icy conditions, but chauffeured passengers again on Saturday.

Other local participants in the festival were two Chambersburg Area Senior High School bands under the direction of Kim Gotwald. The German Band strolled through the crowded downtown streets Saturday morning, entertaining festival-goers.

The 19-member Steel Band played in an unoccupied store front for a large crowd Saturday afternoon. The juniors and seniors who make up the band are all in other musical groups at the high school.

"They enjoy it," Gotwald, the school's band director for 15 years, said. "They have a good time while they're playing."

Dressed in flowered shirts, the band played Caribbean music on brightly painted steel drums, accompanied by maracas and other percussion instruments.

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