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Countdown begins for next WaynesboroFest

October 04, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The countdown for WaynesboroFest 2012 unofficially started Sunday night when this year's festival ended.

1,085 days until the next WaynesboroFest.

Events held from Sept. 25 to Oct. 4 combined history and culture for the triennial celebration of the Waynesboro area.

A Family Fun Day held at Red Run Park and an evening choral concert brought activities to a close for 2009.

"This is the first time for the Fun Day," WaynesboroFest volunteer Wanda Carbaugh said.

Hay rides, live music, food, firetruck rides, children's games and a youth fish rodeo were featured.

A red plastic firefighter's helmet slipped over Leah McDannell's eyes repeatedly. The hat might have been oversized for the toddler's head, but her relatives displayed theirs proudly.

"This is the first time we've been in a firetruck. It was fun," said Levi McDannell, 4.

"I would like to drive it," said Jacob Robinson, 6.

The cousins described their ride in the Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue Squad firetruck, after which they received a packet of goodies from the fire department. Levi demonstrated for a reporter how his arms stuck straight forward with the safety belt over his shoulders.

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Colton Welsh, 9, caught a fish nearly 14 inches long during the rodeo. He's been fishing since age 4 and said he enjoys trying different bait.

"I caught a little one. ... I'm going to ask my mom to cook it," said Trevor Biller, 11.

About a dozen people gathered around the park's band shell at 2 p.m. to listen to The Holders perform songs like "Proud Mary" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Earlier, Soup performed.

"Everybody's surprised there are not as many people here," Carbaugh said.

She said WaynesboroFest organizers will change days and venues for various events to hopefully draw larger crowds in 2012. This year's festival encountered poor weather for its first weekend, and event organizer Allie Kohler speculated that a schedule change diminished attendance for the U.S. Marine Band concert on Saturday.

"It doesn't matter what you do, you're only going to reach a percentage of the population," Kohler said.

Carbaugh talked about the WaynesboroFest's committee's attempts to highlight "hidden jewels" within the Waynesboro Area School District. The festival attempts to unify the community beyond what's typically called "Waynesboro," encouraging participation in Quincy, Zullinger, Wayne Heights, Rouzerville, Blue Ridge Summit, Mont Alto and South Mountain.

"There are items or places you don't really hear about until you promote them," Carbaugh said.

Kohler said he hopes WaynesboroFest can do something to focus on Zullinger in 2012, although he anticipates some challenges for the unification.

"It's hard to convince our community that we're all part of Waynesboro School District," Kohler said.

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