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Rouzerfest is a rousing time

August 17, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. - The Rouzerville Business Association only has hosted Rouzerfest for four years, but to the people enjoying the event on Saturday at Red Run Park, it felt like Rouzerfest has been around forever.

The fourth annual Rouzerfest celebration has grown a lot since 2007, business association President Bob Backer said.

However, gauging just how many people stopped by the celebration was next to impossible for the association.

"I can tell we have grown through our sales," Backer said. "I upped the number for french fries to sell this year, and I am almost out."

The fundraiser is the association's way to give back to the community east of Waynesboro, Pa.

Association Treasurer Vicki Sanders said last year, the association donated $4,000 to Washington Township for upgrades at Red Run Park. This year, it hopes to make a similar donation.

Not much has changed in the four years since Rouzerfest began, Sanders said.

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While it still takes a considerable amount of time to plan the event, the positive feedback is worth the effort, she said.

"We worked full time, part time and spare time on this," Sanders said. "I keep hearing comments like, 'Wow, this is good this year' from people, so I know we are doing something right."

If you ask 10-year-old Kelsie Knight, the business association has done everything right.

There is so much fun stuff for children to do, she said she cannot think of a single thing to add.

For M.J. Kelley and her children, as long as the Red Run Express train is running, her family will keep coming.

"The kids really love it, but there is a lot of draw for adults as well," she said.

Rouzerfest kicked off Saturday with a parade through town, and continued into the evening with country, bluegrass and folk music.

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