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A star-spagled Waynesboro ignores the weather

July 05, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Late-afternoon rain showers Friday did little to trim the size of the crowd at the 12th annual Summer Jubilee. In fact, people continued to arrive at the Fourth of July festivities despite the precipitation.

Adults gathered under a tent to stay dry while listening to Rudy & The Bluefish perform a variety of music. Children, many of whom had face paint smeared on their clothes, lined up for pony rides.

"We rode horses," Isaiah Harris said. "We go, 'whoa, whoa.'"

The 5-year-old from New York City joined his 4-year-old cousin, Jasmine Frazer-Hewitt, in her hometown for the event. They ate brownies, made sand art, got candy and bounced around on inflatable games.

"We jumped on the Candy Land. The Candy Land one got me soaked," Jasmine said.

Sisters Claire and Anne Koons joined friend Dani Bautisto underneath umbrellas behind the main stage.

"It's loud and fun and busy," said Anne Koons, 13.

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Claire Koons was among more than 350 participants in the Firecracker 5K race early in the morning. The race, which was joined by a children's fun run, preceded the Main Street parade hosted by the Brothers of the Brush.

"The race was bigger and better than it's ever been, and the streets were packed with people" for the parade, said Joseph Stewart, who oversaw the Summer Jubilee organizing committee.

A new feature for 2008 was the afternoon skydiving demonstration with seven members of a Chambersburg club jumping from 2,000 feet.

"I liked the skydivers," said Dani, 12.

"The last person came down with a great big American flag," Stewart said.

Contestants signed up for the pie-eating competition to be held in the evening, and $1,000 was put into the money machine for grabbing.

"In the past, our biggest winners have been $160 or $170," Stewart said.

Cousins Jessica Sweeney and Katlyn McCleaf only stopped at Summer Jubilee briefly, with just enough time for Sweeney to grab a fried blooming onion with dipping sauces.

"We come every year," Sweeney said.

"When it's raining it's not very fun, but usually it is," McCleaf said.

One hundred volunteers joined Stewart to pull off the event.

"Without the volunteers, things can't happen," Stewart said, urging new volunteers to call the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce (717-762-7123) to sign up for next year.

Stewart said his favorite part of Summer Jubilee each year is catching up with old friends, some of whom he doesn't see any other time.

"It's a great testament to small-town America," Stewart said.

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