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Rouzerfest has food, fun and Flash

August 15, 2009|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. -- Some classic-car buffs who like the old "Dukes of Hazzard" TV show have a replica of Bo and Luke Duke's orange Dodge Charger.

Josh Delauter of Greencastle, Pa., took a different angle as a fan. He found a Plymouth Fury and made it look like the police car driven by the Duke boys' nemesis, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane.

The white car says "Hazzard County Sheriff" on the side.

While showing it off Saturday at Red Run Park during Rouzerfest '09, Delauter said he gave the car to his son, Benjamin, for his fourth birthday. Benjamin now is 6.

Delauter said the family took the car to Nashville, Tenn., where cast members signed it, including John Schneider, who played Bo Duke, and Catherine Bach, who played Daisy Duke.

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A basset hound Delauter got last year as a Christmas present added another layer of realism at Rouzerfest. The dog is named Flash, like Coltrane's dog was. Delauter's wife, Amanda, held Flash's leash.

This was the fifth Rouzerfest, an event organized by the Rouzerville Business Association.

Besides a cruise-in and car show, there were food, games and music.

Vicki Sanders, the event chairwoman, said the festival had more things for children this year.

One was karaoke for kids.

Alexis Niles, 8, of Waynesboro, Pa., stepped up and sang "The Climb," a Miley Cyrus song.

Alexis' father, Michael, snapped pictures. He said she practices at home with a karaoke machine she got for her birthday.

During his turn at the microphone, Ayden Hohn, 4, of Hagerstown sang "B-I-N-G-O."

Although the song has lyrics, Ayden stuck with what he knew, reciting the title letters repeatedly for about a minute.

It turns out he was expecting to sing "Little Bunny Foo Foo," he said afterward, as he hung out with Candi Manning, his father's girlfriend.

Ayden said he also went on a slide, got a balloon and rode a train that was scary when it went through a tunnel.

Sanders, who owns the H&R Block franchise in Waynesboro, Pa., said there were about 35 craft vendors and 13 food vendors this year. Six businesses had booths.

The Rouzerville Business Association sends money that's raised at the festival back to the park.

"It's like a thank you to the community," Sanders said.

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