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At Shafer Park, Boonsboro celebrates America

July 02, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ
  • Jadon King, left, 1 1/2, gets a helping hand with his hot dog from his mother, Alicia King, right, Friday evening. The King family was at Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro for the town's Independence Day celebration.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO -- With patriotic music in the air and hot dogs on the grill, it was time to have a birthday party for America on Friday.

Hundreds of people spread out across Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park for the town's annual Independence Day Celebration.

Dozens of blankets and lawn chairs covered the field, as spectators scoped out prime spots for the after-dusk fireworks show.

Before the sun set, there was plenty of time for relaxing, socializing and even napping while people waited.

William and Kara Ecton, who live near Mercersburg, Pa., sat close to home plate on the ball field.

The kids who came with them were off playing on swings elsewhere in the park.

William Ecton was reading a magazine about Ford Mustangs.

Kara Ecton said she was simply watching all of the activity around her, including politicians shaking hands with constituents.

As he filled $3 bags of cotton candy, Jon Swope had strands of spun sugar all over his clothes and a few in his hair.

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Four-year cotton-candy-scooping veteran Katie Slifer took over, and things got a little neater.

In the gazebo, the Rohrersville Town Band filled the park with sounds of pageantry and excitement.

The band played George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag," Irving Berlin's "God Bless America," Hoagy Carmichael's "Lazy River" and Louis Prima's "Jump Jive an' Wail," among others.

Wearing an American flag T-shirt, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said the town gathers each year in the park to remember and honor the nation's roots.

"We're so proud of our independence and we're proud of all the veterans that gave us that independence," he said.

Kauffman said the town invites all of the nonprofit groups in the Boonsboro area to set up booths, such as food stands, so they can raise money.

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