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AppleFest is the place to meet, greet and eat

October 16, 2005|By BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Three members of the original founding family of Chambersburg "attended" AppleFest 2005 on Saturday.

A statue-in-progress of founder Benjamin Chambers, his son and grandson stood in a prominent place beside the fountain on Center Square.

When completed, the life-size Founding Fathers Memorial Statue will become the centerpiece of Fort Chambers Park on the Falling Spring site of Benjamin Chambers' original settlement, sculptor Wayne Hyde said.

The Bedford, Pa., sculptor created the work of oil-based clay over a Styrofoam core. The work will be cast in bronze.

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Hyde said he has about three more weeks of sculpting before the statue can be cast.

In 1776, during the Revolutionary War, Benjamin Chambers' son James became the commander of the Thompson Battalion. James' 12-year-old son Benjamin served as a rifleman beside his father, Hyde said.

The statue depicts their reunion with the elder Benjamin Chambers after six years.

"(The younger) Benjamin had six years of military service in before his 18th birthday," Hyde said.

Hyde hopes the statue will remind people of the sacrifices the forefathers made to help found this country, he said.

Hyde said he also has created a statue to honor Air Force rescueman Larry Maysey of New Jersey, who died in Vietnam in 1967, and Civil War memorials for Somerset, Pa., and Missouri, among other commissions.

Meet, greet and eat seemed to be the order of the day as thousands of people turned out to enjoy AppleFest on a beautiful, sunny day. Wonderful food aromas from the vendors grouped around the fountain, and live music in front of the courthouse gave a festive air to the downtown. More than 200 craft vendors lined Main Street and Lincoln Way, selling items including homemade soaps, doggie treats, clothing, furniture, candles and handmade pens.

Chantal Cameron sold delicately cross-stitched pillows, bookmarks, towels and framed mottos. Cameron, a native of Haiti who came to this country seven years ago, said she learned the art by watching a friend do it.

The words on her creations are either Bible verses or inspirational sayings.

"I chose it because I want people to feel good about God and about themselves," she said. "One of my pillows says, 'It is Not the Outside who make you happy it is the inside.'"

Cameron uses patterns for some of her work, but does the wording herself freehand. A pillow with a picture of an angel watching over a baby says, "I Be Your Everthing Dear."

Cameron, who is studying for citizenship, said she hopes to eventually sell the items on a larger scale.

Her daughter Katia, 16, accompanied her to the festival and helped to keep their canopy and wares from blowing away during some wind gusts.

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