Summer Jubilee bustling with activities

July 04, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • The Ali Ghan Shriners wave to Carson McGregor as he waves the flag during the Summer Jubilee parade Monday in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro’s 15th annual Summer Jubilee activities started Monday with a larger-than-usual crowd registered for the Firecracker 5K Run and ended with fireworks over the town.

Race Chairman Dave Neterer said the 5K had 520 finishers, while the one-mile fun run for children had 77 participants.

“We probably picked up 120 to 130 racers” (over the last two years), Neterer said.

He attributed the registration increase to the race’s first-time use of digital-chip timing in which runners’ names and times are displayed on screens as they finish. According to, Joshua Weyhart, 23, was the first-place finisher with a time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds.

Waynesboro’s Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush, began at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street.

Anniken and Joceille Slemmer rode on the float presented by Rouzerville (Pa.) Community Vacation Bible School.

“I think it’s fun to ride on a float and see everybody else,” said Anniken, 10.

The girls joined their mother, Maria Slemmer, at the main Summer Jubilee area across from Waynesboro Hospital in the afternoon. There, they played on inflatable games, snacked on icy treats and explored a petting zoo.

“We saw baby kittens. We saw a calf and two goats,” Anniken said of the petting zoo.

Joceille, 5, received a ribbon after successfully completing an obstacle course in which she crossed a balance beam and did a forward roll.

The family was looking forward to the nighttime fireworks, with Anniken especially geared up for the show’s finale.

Brian Stum, chairman of Summer Jubilee’s board of directors, said sponsorships keep the costs minimal for families. Many activities were offered at no cost to participants.

“Every year, we try to find different things, especially kids’ activities,” he said.

Saturday’s winds knocked down tents, but volunteers fixed them that night. Stum said Summer Jubilee is designed to be community-oriented.

“It’s a sense of family,” he said.

“Definitely bring your kids. It’s a lot of fun,” said Jaime Wease of Waynesboro.

Her children, Gage and Jenna, made candy necklaces and played several free games.

“We did all the bounce houses and the dunk tank,” said Gage, 11.

Seth Baker, 8, of Waynesboro, was a fan of the inflatable games.

“They’re a lot of fun,” he said. “When I come out, I’m all dizzy.”

He and his sister, Sydney Stull, said they try to attend Summer Jubilee every year.

“The food is really good. There are a lot of games to play,” said Sydney, 12.

Several acts appeared on Summer Jubilee’s stage throughout the day. The headline entertainer was Richie Fields, a country-music singer.

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