Fun Day, animal walk bring out the crowds in Waynesboro

October 08, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A pair of Antietam Dairy ice cream trucks were parked within eyesight of each other at two 16-year-plus Waynesboro events held Sunday.

Temperatures were in the 80s for the Waynesboro YMCA's Fun Day and the Walk for the Animals benefiting Antietam Humane Society.

At the Fun Day, "we meet old friends and new friends and have a good time," said Skyler Waters, 9, of Waynesboro.

Skyler, who had her face painted and hair streaked with color, talked about using the event as an opportunity to bond with neighbors and family.


Her parents were considering joining the Y, which opened its facilities to the public for use and tours.

Walk for the Animals

Skyler's school, Summitview Elementary across the street, served as the headquarters for the Walk for the Animals and its corresponding Pet Fun Day.

There, dogs and their owners lounged in the shade after the two-mile walk that raised about $3,000 for the humane society.

"We just lost one of our dogs, and we're walking on her behalf," said Linda Hovis of Waynesboro.

Mia, a 3-year-old Maltese, sat on Hovis' lap while the pair rested.

"She walked the whole way, and I was surprised," Hovis said.

"Best trick," "best kisser" and other contests started shortly after 2 p.m.

"Last year was (the local humane society's) 30th anniversary, and we added the contests and games. It went so well that we brought them back," said Candy Clopper, executive director of the Antietam Humane Society.

Approximately 60 people - and half as many dogs - turned out for the event, which is a major fundraiser for the humane society, Clopper said. An iguana and kitten participated in previous years, she said.

"I want to do the walk again next year," said Melody Tabor, 11, of Waynesboro.

Referred to as an "animal nut" by her mother, Melody saw mention of the fundraiser and brought out Sally, a poodle mix decked out in bows, a scarf and a homemade skirt.

Y Fun Day

Outside the YMCA, Hannah Nelson, 6, was seemingly unaware of how well her hair paint matched her pink outfit.

She also couldn't decide if blue or pink is her favorite color.

Hannah's mother, Jennifer, started working at the Y recently, and one aspect of the place stood out for her daughter.

"I get to go swimming," Hannah said.

Inflatable games, food and balloons awaited visitors to the YMCA.

"The only thing really different (this year) is for folks to come in and see our expansion," Executive Director Alan Smith said, referring to the local Y's $1.5 million capital campaign.

He opened the door to the new wellness center for visitors like Angela Coy of Waynesboro.

"I have an elliptical at home, but it's not this high-tech," Coy said.

Her 8-year-old daughter participates in gymnastics three times a week through the Y's financial assistance program.

"Without that, we would not be able to be a part of the (gymnastics) program," she said.

Jamie Wagner, 9, of Waynesboro, said part of the reason that Fun Day is great is because it's free.

"It's really fun, and it's lots of activities," said Grace VanGilder, 11, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

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