CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Franklin County 225th Anniversary parade proved to be a mix of new and old, with everything from turn-of-the-century vehicles to cutting-edge veterinary science on display.
One highlight was when the county's namesake, Ben Franklin (as portrayed by Bob Harrison), passed the crowd on the back of a yellow firetruck.
More than 1,000 people gathered under overcast skies in downtown Chambersburg for the Monday morning parade commemorating the county's founding. Later, Harrison and two other men selected to portray Ben Franklin served as emcees for "BenFest" in the Capitol Theatre.
They gave away gift baskets, talked about the founding father's legacy, introduced student musicians, and judged a birthday cake contest. Their favorite dessert from the entries? A fruitcake.