Halfway Days - From dog pizza to everything else


HALFWAY - The lively buzz of a crowd and the smell of barbecued chicken filled the air Saturday at Halfway Park Days.

More then 100 vendors flanked the trails twisting through Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park with offerings from food, home dcor and clothing to jewelry, books and marionettes.

Cassandra Louck of Hagerstown and her daughters Abby and Amber Whittington, 3 and 8, said they went to the event to check out the crafts and the food. To their delight, they ended up finding gourmet dog food for their one-eyed basset hound Lux. They settled on minipizza snacks for their canine friend.

"Lux loves pizza. He just buried a piece in the neighbor's yard," Louck said. "He will love this."

Dennis Burkett of Greencastle, Pa., said his wife went to the event last year and told him he would like it. This year, he went along with her.


"I do like it," Burkett said. "In fact, (my wife) just told me to quit buying so much stuff."

Burkett picked up, among other things, a Dale Earnhardt pillow and a decorative pitchfork for his garden.

Louie Palomo of Martinsburg, W.Va., looked on with his wife Florecita as their granddaughter Tabby Palomo, 7, also of Martinsburg, sat for a caricature. Louie Palomo said Saturday was his first time attending Halfway Park Days, and he was surprised by the size of the event.

"I didn't expect that I would be in a place this big. It goes all the way down there," he said, indicating the broad rows of vending booths and trailers. "They have a lot of things to buy and a lot of nice people here."

Anthony and Kaya Pappas, 7 and 3, of Funkstown, likely were the youngest vendors in the park. With some help from their parents, Tonya and Phil Pappas, the two enterprising youngsters ran an old-fashioned lemonade stand, dispensing the refreshing beverage from a large ceramic carafe.

Given the option to take a break, Anthony Pappas said he would pass.

"Shopping is boring," he said. "I'd rather sit here and sell stuff."

For some who attended, Halfway Park Days is a matter of tradition.

Taylor Wilson of Williamsport took her 11-month-old twin sons, Elijah and Judah Wilson, to the event, along with her mother, Dianna Orendorff, who was visiting from Hanover, Pa. Wilson said her husband, Matthew Wilson, used to live in Halfway.

"I think (Matthew) wants to bring up the boys up in the tradition he was brought up in," Dianna Orendorff said.

Orendorff said her french fries with vinegar were delicious, while her grandsons were mesmerized by their colorful new pinwheels.

Now in its 27th year, Halfway Park Days is an annual fundraiser for the Lions Club of Halfway. Event chairman Archie VanNorden of Halfway said proceeds from the event - which he projected would be around $8,000 - would be used toward service projects, including scholarships and provision of eye care and eyeglasses.

If you go

What: Halfway Park Days

When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park

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