WaynesboroFest to highlight nearby communities

September 17, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Final preparations are under way for WaynesboroFest, a 10-day, triennial celebration of the Waynesboro area.

On Friday, Sept. 25, WaynesboroFest kicks off with an event mimicking Waynesboro native Tom Breneman's radio show "Breakfast in Hollywood." Events, including exhibits and concerts, continue through Oct. 4.

WaynesboroFest's 12-person organizing committee selected Mont Alto and South Mountain as the focus of bus tours showcasing history.

"I want everyone to know this is highlighting our communities," committee member Allie Kohler said, saying WaynesboroFest encompasses every town in the Waynesboro Area School District.

A parade will snake its way through Main Street construction from CV Avenue to Enterprise Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 26. The pavement and sidewalks are torn up for major projects totaling several million dollars.


"It looks like a war zone and probably will for the parade," Kohler said.

He encouraged families to find spots wherever they can for the parade, which will attempt to showcase Waynesboro, Wayne Heights, Rouzerville, Zullinger, South Mountain and Quincy, Pa. Businesses, bands, sports teams and church groups were invited to participate, but Kohler said last week that registration has been lacking.

Advance registration also lags for the Saturday, Oct. 3, off-road 5K run.

Kohler was intrigued when he heard about other regions' successful food-tasting events featuring restaurants and caterers.

"We decided to try one here," he said, talking about the new "Taste of the Town" scheduled for Sept. 26.

A wine tasting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Waynesboro Country Club.

WaynesboroFest will be operating on a budget exceeding $25,000, Kohler said. Grants used in the past fell through, but community contributions allowed the vast majority of events to be offered at no charge, he said.

A 200-year Waynesboro area history first presented on VHS more than a decade ago has been restored on DVD. That DVD and other merchandise can be purchased at the WaynesboroFest headquarters set up in the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce offices at the intersection of East Main Street and Roadside Avenue.

Tickets for Taste of the Town, the kick-off breakfast and the wine tasting must be purchased or reserved before Saturday at the Chamber offices. For more information about WaynesboroFest, call 540-514-5108.

If you go ...

What: "Taste of the Town" for WaynesboroFest

When: Saturday, Sept. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro Country Club

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 540-514-5108 or go to the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce offices. Tickets must be purchased by Saturday.

WaynesboroFest 2009 schedule

Friday, Sept. 25

o Kick-off of WaynesboroFest 2009. "Breakfast in Hollywood." Breakfast, games, music and prizes. Women wear wild hats.

Savoy Restaurant

Tickets: $9 (must be purchased by Saturday, Sept. 19)

o Pen Mar Memorabilia Exhibit opens at the Renfrew Museum. Outstanding collections of the famous Pen Mar Park and area.

12 to 4 p.m./ Free

o The Quilt exhibit opens in the Historical Society headquarters -- The Oller House, West Main Street in Waynesboro. See a variety of century-old quilts hosted by the Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers.

1 to 4 p.m./ Free

o Tailgate party prior to Indians football game held at the Tower Bank parking lot on East Main Street. A fun time with free food before going to the game.

5:30 p.m./ Free

o Fireworks display held following the football game. Spectators have great view from the stands. All aerial fireworks. 35 minutes following the game.

Saturday, Sept. 26

o The Model Railroad Display at Waynecastle is just a few miles west of town. Four gauges of trains travel in and around the authentic-looking scenery. Two large rooms and two floors of display. Also, Thomas the Tank Engine is there.


o Celebrating Community Pride parade heads down Main Street from CV Avenue to Enterprise Avenue with divisions of the parade dedicated to the businesses and organizations within their individual communities.

10:30 a.m. start

o Pen Mar Memorabilia Exhibit at the Renfrew Museum. See these collections of the famous Pen Mar Park and area.

Noon to 4 p.m./ Free

o The Quilt exhibit in the Historical Society -- The Oller House, West Main Street in Waynesboro. See a variety of century-old quilts hosted by the Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers.

1 to 4 p.m./ Free

o "Made in America" exhibit at the Waynesboro Industrial Museum on Philadelphia Avenue. See how the local industries contributed to our economy.

1 to 4 p.m./ Free

o Quincy Village Model Railroad Club display in the Winter Building at Quincy Village. See this HO and O gauge display engineered by the club members. Open to non-resident memberships.

1 to 4 p.m./ Free

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