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ChambersFest celebrates the town's rebirth with community spirit

ChambersFest celebrates the town's rebirth with community spirit

July 09, 2009|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Long before Kathy Leedy became involved in helping to plan ChambersFest, the Chambersburg native could usually be found attending the event.

Leedy, who for the past two years has been coordinator of special events, said ChambersFest has always been a place to catch up with friends.

"There's always a lot of people downtown, and you always seem to see someone you went to high school with," she said.

Keeping with the tradition of community, many of the events for the 23rd annual ChambersFest are about giving to charities. The first official event, the sixth annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial ChambersFest One-Mile Race on Saturday, July 11, raises money for the Cook Scholarship Fund. The Pet Parade on Monday, July 20, at the Hawthorne Arena at Wilson College raises money for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. And the new Franklin County Jeopardy game, on Wednesday, July 22, raises money for Chamber-member charities.


Although the one-mile race is considered the first event, ChambersFest doesn't officially begin until 5 p.m. Friday, July 17, with the Gala and Kick-off at The Capitol Theatre's Wood Center parking lot.

For more information or to see a complete schedule of events, go to

Here are some of the highlights from ChambersFest:

Saturday, July 11

Sixth annual Tim and Susan Cook Memorial ChambersFest One-Mile Race. Same-day registration at 7 a.m. at the Chambersburg YMCA, 570 E. McKinley St. Races begin at 8 a.m. for women and girls, 8:30 a.m. for men and boys and a fun run/walk at 9 a.m. Ceremony to follow. Begins at Chambersburg Area Middle School and ends at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Cost is $15; $20 with shirt (while supplies last). To register, call Kathy Leedy at 717-264-7101, ext. 204 or, go to for a registration form.

Friday, July 17

Gala Opening and Kick-off. Begins at 5 p.m. at The Capitol Theatre's Wood Center parking lot. TGIF entertainment by Nancy and Jody who perform island music. The concert will move to Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West, if there is inclement weather.

Guitar Hero exhibition, $1 per song.

Franklin County Historical Society exhibit "Made in Franklin County: Historical Discoveries in Our Own Backyard." Old Jail, 175 E. King St. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Continues through October.

Council for the Arts reception, exhibit "Local Color." Exhibit of paintings by Bob Schropp and Terry Shotton. Free reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 17. Continues through Friday, Aug. 28. Council for the Arts, 159 S. Main St. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Call 717-264-6883.

Chambersburg Quilt Guild Quilt Show, "Treasures in the Attic." Falling Spring Presbyterian Church, 221 N. Main St. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18. Free. Go to www , for more information.

Saturday, July 18

Celebrate! The Arts at Old Market Day. Various events from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at two major locations: Courthouse Plaza Stage, Lincoln Way East at Memorial Square; and The Capitol Theatre stage, 159 S. Main St. Vendors, entertainment and more.

Tours of jail. The historic Old Jail and current Franklin County Jail will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with shuttle bus service to the new jail from Southgate Shopping Center leaving every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. Warden John Wetzel will speak about Franklin County's three jails.

Monday, July 20

Pet Parade/Pet Tricks. Hawthorne Arena at Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave. Competition categories include biggest, smallest, historical costume and most unusual. New this year is pet tricks. Registration at 5 p.m. Parade at 5:45 p.m. Pet tricks follow the parade. Entry fee is $4 person, which includes two categories. Admission by cash donation. Benefits Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

Wednesday, July 22

Franklin County Jeopardy. Wilson College's new science center. Game begins at 6:30 p.m. Event is held in conjunction with Franklin County's 225th anniversary. For more information or to put together a team, call Kathy Leedy or Bonnie Rotz at 717-264-7101.

Civil War seminar. Five-day seminar focuses on Stonewall Jackson. Plaza Hotel, Hagerstown, Md. For information on the seminar, call Cindy Baker at 717-264-7101 or go to .

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