Waynesboro hosts annual Summer Jubilee

July 04, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Although the rain began just minutes before Waynesboro's Fourth of July parade, the crowd at the borough's 11th annual Summer Jubilee remained intact.

The celebration began at 8:30 a.m. with a 5k run and was scheduled to continue until dusk with fireworks set off at Waynesboro Area Middle School.

"It really is a good day," said Kelli Hess, a local vendor with items on display at the Jubilee. "The rain didn't hinder us."

The parade, which progressed along Main Street, featured fire departments from Franklin, Adams (Pa.) and Washington counties, the Wayne Band, local businesses and radio stations, antique cars, the Chambersburg Cavaliers marching band and Hub City Lindy Hop.


"I just like to watch the majorettes - the little ones - and I like the antique cars," said Nancy Kauffman, a lifelong resident of Waynesboro. "We come to the Fourth of July parade every year."

Waynesboro resident Dave Dick said the best parts of the parade were "all the firetrucks - especially the ones that beeped."

Operation Barnabus, a summer ministry of high school students from across America sponsored by Grace Brethren Church of Waynesboro, performed music, drama, clown acts and puppet shows from 11 a.m. to noon.

"It seems to get bigger every year - they did a great job," Mick Lewis, a resident of Mercersburg, Pa., and worker for Mercersburg Emergency Medical Services, said of the Jubilee.

For the children, there were activities in the Kid's Zone from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., including pony rides, face painting, sand and spin art, patriotic pictures, a moon bounce and other games.

Hess said she enjoyed "seeing everybody, smiles on kids' faces - it's a event for all ages, entertainment for all ages."

The celebration also featured an old-time radio show, pie-eating contest, money machine, vendors and live entertainment.

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