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Past comes to life at upcoming Pa. celebration

June 26, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Billed as a patriotic and historical celebration, WaynesboroFest 2006 is designed to spotlight the community's heritage for the 10 days of planned festivities held every three years.

The town will host contests, tours, demonstrations, musical performances and exhibits from Friday until Sunday, July 9.

"This is an overall celebration of what's good and unique in our area. We get thousands of people at these events," Executive Director of the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce MaryBeth Hockenberry said.

WaynesboroFest 2006 will kick off with "Breakfast in Waynesboro," a live radio broadcast scheduled for Friday morning. The Elks Club on West Main Street will serve as a portal to the 1940s when a man known as "Waynesboro's favorite son" conducted his own nationally syndicated broadcast during the town's sesquicentennial.

"We are recreating Tom Breneman's 'Breakfast in Hollywood,' a 1940s radio show," said John Shindledecker, who will step into Breneman's role that morning.

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Breneman was a Waynesboro native whose "pallbearers were Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Abbott and Costello, Jack Benny. They were his golfing buddies, too," Shindledecker said.

Shindledecker plans to move through the audience, interviewing guests, including 100-year-old resident Lulu Baker.

"We'll be interviewing some children in a sort of 'Kids Say the Darndest Things,'" Shindledecker said. Prizes and awards will be given away, and the event will be broadcast on WJEJ, he said.

The first weekend of WaynesboroFest 2006 then largely focuses on the past with a car show displaying vehicles more than 25 years old, a tour of Waynesboro's churches and an exhibit of hand-quilting techniques.

That Saturday will see the first of two demonstrations at Renfrew Museum and Park that feature early farming techniques.

"John and Jean (Frantz) wanted to present how farming was done before the modern thresher, etc.," Renfrew Administrator Bonnie Iseminger said. "Everyone from the community can enjoy it."

John Frantz will use a 1934 John Deere binder and four horses to cut grain from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, Iseminger said. He will then return the following Saturday to show how threshing and steam engines separate the shaft from the wheat, she said.

"There are some people who come to reminisce. There are some people who come to learn," Iseminger said.

In the case of inclement weather, each demonstration would be pushed back a week.

Weekday events include performances of "15 Days Under the Confederate Flag" and a Pennsylvania National Guard Band concert. In addition to the threshing demonstration, the second weekend includes a hymn sing, downtown dance and tennis tournament.

A complete calendar of events is available at www.waynesborofest.org. More information is available in the WaynesboroFest store, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and Saturday mornings, at the First National Bank of Greencastle at 232 E. Main St., Waynesboro.

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