Crowds enjoy weather and crafts at Rouzerfest

August 20, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Clytie Pavlovic, five, of Emitsburg plays free childrens games during the 2011 Rouzerfest on Saturday.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

ROUZERVILLE, Pa. — Parking was at a premium Saturday at Rouzerfest as thousands of people crowded into the annual event at Red Run Park off Pa. 16.

Colin White, 3, of Washington Township, Pa., yanked on his mother Natalie's arm, eager to see all of the sights.

"We're just enjoying the weather and the crafts and hoping the train opens soon," said Natalie White, referring to the antique train at the park that is popular with the younger set.

Since the White family is from Philadelphia, they bought an Eagles' calendar from one of the vendors to hang in their kitchen.

White's parents, Bill and Linda Paravisini of Biglerville, Pa., tagged along.

"I think it's nice," Linda Paravisini said. "It's just pleasant and there's a lot for the kids."

Rouzerfest, sponsored by the Rouzerville Business Association, raises money for Red Run Park from vendor fees.

The money raised will go toward park enhancements, said Ann Backer, chairwoman of the association.

The association donated $10,000 toward the new restrooms at the park that were opened just in time for Rouzerfest.

According to Washington Township Manager Michael Christopher, the 20-year-old restrooms were antiquated.

"They are not finished, but we've heard rave reviews today," Christopher said.

They are expected to be completed in several weeks, according to township officials.

The Rouzerville Lions Club identified the restrooms as a project in need of attention, Christopher said.

He said the restrooms cost about $80,000.

"I think people know the RBA does things to support the park, and they want to see the park get bigger," Backer said.

More than 40 business, craft and food vendors, as well as musical entertainment, kept the crowds occupied from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Darlene West of Waynesboro, Pa., and her granddaughter Kaylee West, 10, of Smithsburg, scanned the jewelry tables looking for the perfect bauble.

"We have the grandkids today, so we thought this would be a perfect place for them to have some fun," Darlene West said.

Kaylee jokingly said she was eager to spend her grandmother's money on dragon earrings and ice cream.

Jonathan Huff, 7, of Waynesboro, carefully chose a blue yo-yo balloon from one of the vendors at Rouzerfest.

"This is just a fun thing to do, and we do it most every year," Joan Huff said. "We just come to see people, visit and have a nice morning."

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