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Thousands take in Old Home Week Parade

August 06, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - All eyes turned south Thursday as the black and white police cruiser turned onto South Carlisle Street with its lights flashing.

The 35th Old Home Week parade was starting its nearly two-mile march through the streets of Greencastle.

People lined both sides of the parade route, which began at the Special Events Center, headed down Washington Street, turned right on Franklin, right again on South Carlisle, through Center Square, then onto North Carlisle Street up to Walter Avenue, then right to Allison Street to its ending point.

It went by Joan Overholder's house at 16 S. Carlisle St., a house she's lived in since 1970. She said she's seen every Old Home Week parade since. Greencastle has been celebrating Old Home Week every three years since 1902, which means that Overholder has seen 10 parades pass by her front porch.

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Farther up the street beyond the square, at 133 N. Carlisle St., Richard and Judy Miller sat in chairs on the sidewalk in front of their home - a home they've lived in for 45 years. The Millers said they have not missed an Old Home Week parade since. In their case, that means 15.

Judy Miller said she and her husband enjoy the spectacle. "It has a little bit of everything," she said.

Bill Shearin and Ashley Frantz were sitting behind the white picket fence in the front yard of their home at 159 N. Carlisle St. with a small group of friends.

The couple said they moved to Greencastle in June from Hagerstown because of its "small-town atmosphere."

Shearin said Greencastle's parade reminds him of the Apple Blossom Parade in his native Winchester, Va.

The couple and their yard guests seemed to be enthralled by the herd of Corvette sports cars that was passing in front of their home at the time. "I'll take one of those," Ashley said as a bright red one rolled by.

The parade had its usual fare of fire trucks from area fire departments plus a passel of floats from area churches, many of which were occupied by church choruses.

At the beginning of the 74-unit parade were the convertibles carrying local dignitaries. Riding and waving were Old Home Week officials, members of the Greencastle Borough Council, Antrim Township Supervisors, Franklin County Commissioners, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., state Sen. Terry Punt, R-Franklin, and state Rep. Patrick Fleagle, R-Franklin.

The 1944 class of Greencastle High School rode by in a horse-drawn wagon pulled by a pair of matched Belgians.

The parade is home to another Greencastle tradition, parties and picnics in the front yards along its route. Homes, especially those with large lawns, were crowded with revelers.

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