Shortcake, canines featured at Pa. festival

June 03, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

MERCERSBURG, PA.-People from Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia filled Lions Community Park in Mercersburg on Saturday for the 16th annual Strawberry Festival and Fun Dog Show presented by the Buchanan Lioness Club.

The festival included strawberry shortcake and other foods, a dog show and a variety of vendors selling crafts and collectable items.

"We have handmade jewelry, silk flower arrangements, wooden shelves, outdoor dcor and the CHIPS (Child Identification) program," said Gloria Pine, member and past president of the Lioness Club.

A crowd gathered in a circle around the dog show to see who would win each of the 10 categories, including Prettiest and Best Groomed. Thirty-five dogs were entered in the show, Lioness Club member Gail Petry said.


The first prize winners in each category then competed for Best in Show. There also was a separate prize for Junior Handler.

"This is a fabulous day," said Mercersburg Mayor Jim Zeger, who also is a member of the Lions Club. "I think this is the best turnout in years."

Katie, owned by Dave Craig of Greencastle, Pa., won the award for Best in Show. Katie also won first place in the Most Obedient category.

"It's always great to win," Craig said. "All the dogs did a wonderful job. It's not easy in this kind of heat."

The award for Junior Handler went to Kylie Pine of McConnellsburg, Pa., and her dog Rocky.

"Rocky's a good dog," said Kylie, who was excited to win the award.

"All of our prizes, we get donated from local businesses, veterinarians," Pine said. Prizes were awarded to 30 dog show winners.

Along with the craft and collectable vendors selling items at the festival, there also was a table for the Pennsylvania Masonic Child Identification (CHIPS) Program. Bob Daley was in charge of the program's involvement in the festival, and is past master of Mount Pisgah Lodge 443 in Greencastle, Pa.

"They invited us to do this program for the children in town," Daley said.

The CHIPS table gave out kits to parents, which included a DVD still image of their child, a video voice print and the child's fingerprints. The kit also allowed parents to take DNA samples from their children.

The festival had a raffle to win a quilt made by a woman in Greencastle, Pine said. The first-prize winner was Roger Blattenberger, who received a queen/king-sized quilt. The second-prize winner was Maria Myers, who received $100, and the third-prize winner was Jane Burrows, who received $50.

Pine won the quilt at a Habitat for Humanity auction in Kauffman Station, Pa.

The festival benefits the Leader Dog School for the Blind and the Beacon Lodge Camp for the Blind. It was co-sponsored by the First National Bank of Mercersburg.

The Herald-Mail Articles