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Chicken is a hot seller at Halfway Park Days

May 26, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Linda Bonskowski holds a mirror so that Kenedy Gardenhour can see the brand-new hair wrap she purchased Saturday at Halfway Park Days.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HALFWAY, Md — It was a hot — and busy — day for Halfway Lions Club members working the grill at their barbecue chicken stand at Martin L. “Marty” Snook Memorial Park on Saturday.

Just ask club President Samuel Key, who took a well-deserved break about 5 p.m. even though people still were waiting in line for more fresh chicken.

“They have come out (and) withstood the heat and waited in line,” Key said as he slumped down on the seat of a nearby golf cart. “Some waited in line a good while just to get that chicken.”

The club’s chicken and numerous other delicious food choices always are major draws at Halfway Park Days, now in its 33rd year as a major fundraiser for the local Lions Club.

With a bag full of chicken in her right hand, Jeanne Kitchens of Hagerstown stood next to another food stand as her granddaughters — Karlee, 14, and Jenna, 9 — waited for a heaping portion of french fries to share with their mother, Nicole Forcini of Greencastle, Pa.

“We always come for the chicken,” Kitchens said. “It’s a tradition.”

A short distance away, first-year vendors Judith Miniter of Clear Spring and Nancy Timmons of Hagerstown were tearing down their craft jewelry stand as clouds began to roll in toward the end of the day.

Miniter said the small business, Junarite Jems, got started back in 2010 as a venture with Timmons and two other friends. The name “Junarite” comes from each of the women’s first names — Judith, Nancy, Rita and Teresa, she said.

Foot traffic through the park was “pretty steady” for the first day before it began to taper off around 4 p.m., Miniter said.

“There’s quite a bit of everything here,” she said of the vendors.

Vendors with items anywhere from crafts and gifts to plants and candles and much more, could be found scattered around the park.

Key said he was pleased with the turnout so far, but vowed to kick it up a notch next year.

“We’re going to add some more spice to the arts and crafts, and also entertainment,” he said. “That’s one of the bigger things I’m going to get my people to do.”

Key, a 25-year club member, called the Lions Club one of the “best-kept secrets” in the community and hopes to see some new members show interest in joining the service group, which helps numerous other organizations.

“We need young folk to come in because it teaches them and their children to give back,” he said. “People think you’ve got to get paid for everything you do, but when you do things from the heart, you get the reward.

“You can’t buy that.”

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If you go...

What: Halfway Park Days
When: Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park, Halfway

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