Summer Jubilee events designed to bring Waynesboro community together

July 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Alina Myers, 11, right, plays a water game at Summer Jubilee in Waynesboro, Pa., with her friends Alexa Fortmann and Olivia Fortmann.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A massive American flag hanging over Summer Jubilee crowds provided shade from the hot summer sun Thursday.

Thirteen volunteer board members oversee organization of the annual Fourth of July celebration for Waynesboro. The day kicks off with a Firecracker 5K and parade in partnership with other organizations, and it concludes with fireworks after hours of live music, games, food and crafts.

“The biggest thing is it’s a great community event,” said Brian Stum, president of the board.

Local physician Joe Stewart started Summer Jubilee 17 years ago to bring the community together, Stum said.

“It’s always been a common goal of the board,” he said.

Stum, who is stepping down from his role, enjoys standing in the middle of the field across from Waynesboro Hospital in the mid-afternoon. He shuts his eyes and takes in the sounds.

“All you hear is ‘happy.’ It’s a great thing to hear kids playing, people laughing, people talking,” he said.

Cassidee Berry, 5, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., played darts and duck-picking games. She had her face painted.

“I got a horsey ride first,” she said.

“There is a lot of stuff for young kids,” said her mother, Stephanie Goss.

Mark Bayko of Chambersburg, Pa., said his family stops by Summer Jubilee every couple of years. He said he’d recommend arriving early and bringing children.

His daughters sipped beverages to stay cool.

“The smoothies are really good,” said Olivia Bayko, 12.

Doug and Kim Layman of Waynesboro watched the parade on Main Street, then returned to Summer Jubilee so that their 12-year-old son, Bryan, could see his soon-to-be wrestling coach in the dunk tank.

Bryan Layman was the first person to dunk Coach Dave Swink in the tank that served as a fundraiser for the Waynesboro Area Business, Education and Community (WABEC) Foundation.

The family planned to return for the fireworks at dusk.
“It looks like a really good turnout,” Kim Layman said of Summer Jubilee.

Gavin Creamer, 7, of Chambersburg, Pa., expressed excitement about the festival’s offerings before running to inflatable games.

“We played one game, and we got me cotton candy!” he said.

His mother, Christina Florentine, said Summer Jubilee was bigger than she remembered.

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