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Waynesboro Summer Jubilee organizers seek new location

May 06, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The 12th annual Summer Jubilee's organizers have been left on the outside of a chain-link fence, looking in at the area they hoped to use for skydivers and hot-air-balloon rides.

As such, plans are being scaled back and a new home is being sought for the Fourth of July tradition in town.

It was about a month ago that fence posts started popping up along the perimeter of athletic fields across the street from Waynesboro Area Senior High School. Then, chain link and gates were installed to limit public access to those fields.

The site was a large part of the home for Summer Jubilee activities. Construction on those athletic fields shrank the footprint of the event last year.

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"We can still squeeze in this year," Joseph Stewart said. "It creates a problem to have more" offerings.

Stewart said the 12-member organizing committee will meet tonight, in part to brainstorm about new locations that could be used in the future.

"It's a concern, of course, that they put the fence up," said Stewart, who said no one from the school district notified him of the fence plans.

Stewart, a local doctor, said he can understand the school district wanting to protect its new irrigation system under the fields.

"We have an irrigation system with sprinklers underneath them, plus a drainage field," said Gloria Walker, acting superintendent for the school district.

She said that, to the best of her knowledge, no discussions were held with the Summer Jubilee team. One call has been made to her office about the fence.

In addition to protecting the irrigation system, the fence will keep balls from leaving the fields and possibly hitting the streets, Walker said.

The Summer Jubilee typically kicks off with a Firecracker 5K run and parade. The event in the past has had performances on a main stage, a craft show, pony rides, food vendors and children's games.

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