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WaynesboroFest and Jubilee promotes borough's heritage


WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The opening day of WaynesboroFest and Summer Jubilee on the grounds of the Waynesboro Middle School was brilliantly sunny and comfortably breezy.

Richard "Red" Mohn of Waynesboro, vice president of the volunteer WaynesboroFest committee, said the event started as a spinoff of the borough's 1997 centennial.

"It's to generate interest in the town, and give something for the people to do in town," he said. "There are bus tours to three cemeteries - Green Hill, Burns Hill, and Harbaugh Church."

All activities are free.

Mohn said the limited edition stoneware plates depicting the Toll Gate House made by Waynesboro potter Eve Adkins were nearly sold out. Of the 75 sets, only two remained by noon Saturday.


Craft vendors sold such wares as wind chimes, stuffed bears with elaborate wardrobes, baskets, T-shirts, birdhouses, custom embroidery and sand art.

Standing under a canopy, Joanna Lehman of Chambersburg caned the seat of a restored antique chair.

Caning was "a hobby that turned into a business" for Lehman and her husband, Ralph, she said. They restore and refinish all types of furniture and cane rocking chairs, straight chairs and children's chairs.

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School Class of 2005 provided activities for children. Class secretary Amanda Butts said her class offered to entertain the children as their community service project.

About a dozen class members painted small faces, applied removable tattoos and helped youngsters with the Sponge Bob Square Pants sponge toss and the golf putt, duck pond, ring toss, parachute, burlap sack races and other games.

Carly Fleagle of the Class of 2005 said she has been painting faces at her mother's craft stand since she was 10 years old.

"The little kids enjoy it," she said as she deftly painted a rainbow and cloud on the cheek of Casey Ditch, 6, of Zullinger. A first-grader at Fairview Elementary School,

Casey said she planned to play golf and have some kettle corn.

Casey Warner, 3, who attended with his mother, Jenn Warner of Waynesboro, preferred to use the paintbrush himself and applied blue paint to his hand.

He had already planned what he wanted to do next; he pointed to the colorful parachute lying on the ground and told his mother, "I want to go to that."

He had already run the sack race and tried his hand at the milk jars and ring toss.

"I did a golf," he added.

The Warford children - Josh, 5, Elizabeth, 3, and Sarah, 16 months - wore large hats made of newspaper as they pulled rubber ducks out of a swimming pool, trying to find one with a "W" on the bottom so they could win a prize. Their parents, Laura and Jonathan Warford of Waynesboro, cheered them on.

Various events continue through Saturday.

On Friday, the Firecracker 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. on East Main Street, with a parade following at 10:30.

From 1 to 4 p.m., the Industrial Museum will hold an open house and the Summer Jubilee runs from noon until dusk, with games, food, raffles and entertainment.

The dramalogue "Waynesboro Under the Confederate Flag" will be presented three times at Harbaugh Hall, Trinity United Church of Christ - at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

If you go...

What: WaynesboroFest and Summer Jubilee.

When: Through Saturday.

Where: Various locations in Waynesboro.

Events include performances, tours of historic places, July 4 fireworks and other activities.

For information, call Wanda Carbaugh at 1-717-762-7181.

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