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Rock: Family Fair a success

March 14, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, PA. -- Pennsylvania state Rep. Todd Rock used a combination of health, business and pancakes Saturday to kick off his first Family Fair in Greencastle.

And the combination proved to be perfect, said Rock, R-Franklin.

"I was delighted to see the number of families that came out today," he said.

The Family Fair is the new face of the Senior Fair that Rock has hosted since he took office in 2007.

In 2008, Rock moved his Senior Fair to Greencastle, the center of his district, to coincide with the Greencastle Lions Club's Pancake Breakfast.

Being in the center of the district made sense, he said.

Partnering with the Lions Club's annual breakfast at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School made the fair a success.

An estimated 700 people came to enjoy the pancakes and browse the fair, Rock said.

Bill Needy, co-chairman of the pancake breakfast, said the Family Fair is a good partner for the breakfast because those who came for the fair stayed for breakfast and vice versa.

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The lobby, gymnasium and halls of the middle school were lined with vendors sharing information on a mix of topics.

Linda Witmer of Greencastle said she learned of the fair through her son's Boy Scout troop, and was pleasantly surprised by the number of vendors.

"I knew this was going on today," Witmer said. "I had no idea it was this extensive."

As the fair drew to a close, Rock said he heard nothing but positive feedback all morning.

While the fair was the first Family Fair for Rock, he said there is nothing he plans to change for next year.

"The only way I can see this going is up," he said. "I hope that next year, we can have even more vendors here for people."

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