CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The popular image of Ben Franklin is the grandfatherly Joseph Duplessis portrait staring out from the $100 bill, but Franklin was famous throughout much of his 84 years, and the county that bears his name is looking for three people with the "Benergy" to portray the founding father at different stages of his life.
Franklin County split off from Cumberland County on Sept. 9, 1784, and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau needs some Bens for events marking the upcoming 225th anniversary.
"Ben is usually an older person in everyone's mind," said Janet Pollard, the county's director of tourism and communications. However, the bureau is looking for people to portray "Classic Ben," "Contemporary Ben" and "Young Ben," she said.
The bureau will hold the first of three casting calls for the roles at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Heritage Center as part of IceFest in Chambersburg. The next will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Chambersburg Mall, with the final one at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, at the Heritage Center.