Second WaynesboroFest to run in conjunction with summer Jubilee

June 05, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The second WaynesboroFest, the borough's triennial celebration, will be held earlier in the year than the event's first edition.

The festival, which was first held in September 2000, runs from June 28 to July 6, said Kim Shockey, activities coordinator for Waynesboro Fest.

The event will run in conjunction with the borough's summer Jubilee scheduled for July 4. Jubilee is the borough's Fourth of July celebration, which includes a parade and fireworks.


"People have more free time in the summer," Shockey said. "We felt piggybacking the events would create a weeklong event for the community."

Richard Mohn, who heads up the fund-raising and retail store committee, said combining WaynesboroFest with Jubilee means there no longer is a need for two parades and two fireworks shows.

"We felt we could combine our efforts," he said.

Along with the July 4 parade and fireworks, planned events include a craft show with food vendors and children's activities, tennis tournament, soccerfest, walking tour of churches, choir and handbell concert, grain harvesting demonstrations, model railroad club exhibit, industrial museum exhibits, Wayne Band concert, cemetery bus tour, children's night at the movies, splash hop at Northside Pool and raffle drawing for prizes such as a John Bell jug and a Civil War print series by local artist Landis Brent Whitsel.

A highlight of the week will be "Waynesboro Under the Confederate Flag," a local drama that tells of the 15 days before the Battle of Gettysburg when Confederate troops held Waynesboro.

"The best part is that all of the events are free," Shockey said.

The idea for WaynesboroFest is based on Greencastle, Pa.'s, Old Home Week, which has been held every three years since 1902.

The idea behind the celebrations is to put the community's best foot forward, bring residents out and give those who moved away a chance to return home and renew acquaintances, organizers say.

WaynesboroFest got its roots in the borough's 250th anniversary celebration in September 1997. That event was highlighted by parades, a local pageant, dances, music, historical events, the sale of commemorative merchandise and fireworks. The first WaynesboroFest was an offshoot of that.

WaynesboroFest runs on a budget of about $35,000, Shockey said.

The Franklin County Commissioners put up $10,000 in hotel/motel tax funds and the state provided a $5,000 grant. The rest of the money comes from the sale of commemorative items and donations from businesses, industry and individuals.

The event's retail store is in the community room of the First National Bank of Greencastle at 232 E. Main St. It sells T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, flags, pins and stoneware sets of plates, crocks and mugs made by local potter Eve Adkins.

This year's official WaynesboroFest logo is the Toll Gate House, headquarters of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce at 323 E. Main St. The logo appears on all commemorative items. It was designed by Brian Sease of Waynesboro, an employee of The Herald-Mail Co.

For more information on the celebration, call the WaynesboroFest office at 717-977-9276 or the Chamber of Commerce office at 717-762-7123.

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