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Hancock celebrates canal, apples at festival

September 15, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Patty Munch's interest in Hancock's Canal-Apple Days began Saturday morning with a parade down Main Street.

"My daughter, Kelsie, marched with the Panther Band, and my son, Kody, carried a flag for Boy Scout Troop 15," she said.

The Munch family never misses the two-day festival, which continues today with more food, more fun and more activities centering on Widmeyer Park.

"The highlight for me is the apple dumplings made by one of the churches," Patty Munch said.

The 31st annual event is one of the Hancock Lions and Lionesses clubs' big projects for the community.

Tom Golden and Herb Ward are members of the Warfordsburg (Pa.) Lions Club, which traditionally rents space at the event. Members cook and serve steak sandwiches to raise funds for their community activities.

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"I've been involved in this for many years," Golden said. "And I always have the same job - flipping steaks." Served with cooked onions and peppers on a hoagie roll, they were selling briskly at $4 each.

Since the "doors" opened Saturday at 9 a.m., Golden estimated that by 3 p.m., he probably had flipped about 600 steaks. He and Ward already were calculating that they would be coming in today at 8 a.m., hoping their supply of steaks would hold out.

There were lots of energetic children playing in the volleyball sand and jumping in the moon bounce.

A lawn tractor belonging to the Cove Mills Antique Machinery Association hauled young children around the park in a makeshift barrel train.

Face painting apparently had been replaced by hair painting as many youngsters were sporting blue, green and purple locks.

There was a lot of visiting going on with friends and relatives alike.

While Golden said he was getting a lot of smoke in his face, he admitted it was better than dealing with insects as in years past.

Many who attended Saturday were wearing sweaters - a far cry from the hot and muggy weather in recent days. Today's weather is expected to be about the same.

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