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Rouzerfest offering loads of family fun

August 07, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

ROUZERVILLE, PA. - The Rouzerville Business Association didn't know what to expect last year when it hosted the first-ever Rouzerfest.

Now, while planning for the second, organizers are looking forward to having thousands of people again enjoying live music, food vendors, a craft show and activities like nickel bingo at Red Run Park east of Waynesboro, Pa.

Many of the family-oriented offerings Aug. 19 are free. Rouzerfest lends itself to picnicking or using the features of the park already available, organizers said.

"It can cost (visitors) as much as they want it to that day," said Ann Backer, promotional director for the business association.

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The children's train Red Run Express is anticipated to be running that day, and several playgrounds will also be available to youngsters. Pony rides have been added to this year's events, which are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"We had really good success with the hot air balloons, so we're bringing in more kid attractions," said Dianne Stadler, chairwoman of the organizing committee.

Live music will be under the guidance of WAYZ's Bob Steele, who is serving as master of ceremonies.

"We're bringing in different bands, a little bit more country," Stadler said.

Scheduled musical acts are Lakota, Borderline, Aisle 6, Possum Holler and Tori Anderson, and Jr. Kline and the Recliners. They will share the stage with the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe.

"We'll constantly have something going on from the time it starts until it ends," said Bob Backer, secretary of the business association.

The day kicks off with a 6:30 a.m. breakfast hosted by the Rouzerville Lions Club, he said.

Parking was slightly problematic at the first Rouzerfest, but organizers have taken steps to mitigate that by reaching agreements with nearby businesses.

"We're going to try to keep parking along (Pa.) 16 at a minimum," Washington Township (Pa.) Police Chief Barry Keller said.

The Rouzerville Business Association formed in 2004 in response to the small community's dramatic influx of new businesses.

"We wanted to have a stronger voice with Lowe's and Wal-Mart coming in," Bob Backer said. The association now has 26 members, including some outside Rouzerville, he said.

The business association is seeking additional sponsors for Rouzerfest. For more information, call Stadler at 717-762-2142.

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