Thousands gather to enjoy Greencastle's Old Home Week Parade

August 08, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Two Old Home Week parade participants greet crowds in the town square from atop their penny-farthing, high-wheel bicycles.
By Roxann Miller

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Everybody loves a parade — or so the saying goes — and that was no more apparent than at Thursday’s Old Home Week Parade in Greencastle.

The only traffic that moved in downtown Greencastle on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. was the home-spun parade that entertained onlookers.

Sierra Wagaman, 17, of Marion, Pa., was one of thousands who watched the 95-unit parade snake its way through town.

“It gets better every Old Home Week,” she said.

For the soon-to-be Greencastle-Antrim High School senior, it was hard to divert her eyes from the parade route to ask her questions.

“I love everything, but I guess tractors are my favorite part of the parade because my dad likes seeing them,” Sierra said.

Just then, a convoy of antique tractors rumbled past her — catching her eye.

One of her favorite parts of Old Home Week is the parade, but she is also looking forward to the fireworks at dusk Friday night.

However, that means that Old Home Week is drawing to a close.

It’s going to be sad when it’s over, she said.

“I really like Old Home Week,” Sierra said. “I guess I’ll have to look forward to it again in three years.”

As the parade rolled through town, the Chambersburg Fire Department and Greencastle Rescue Hose Co. showcased their antique and state-of-the art rescue equipment.

Then, parade-goers were wowed by jazzy dance moves compliments of some local talent.

Children gathered up candy tossed to them from the parade route.

“It was awesome,” said Dawn Reasner, who brought her grandchildren, Chloe King, 7, and Keegan Reasner, 3, to this year’s parade.

Clutched in Reasner’s hand was a brown bag crammed full of candy and peanuts that had been tossed to the children from the parade.

The kids did pretty well, Reasner said.

“We did,” Chloe said as a smile spread across her face.

Keegan proudly held up a little box of Dots candy.

“I look forward to Old Home Week. I love it,” said Reasner.  “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.”

For John Flannery, the owner of the John Allison Public House, 104 E. Baltimore St., this is his first Old Home Week since opening his business.

“I think it (Old Home Week) is great. I love it,” he said. “I love seeing people out in the community. ”

Wednesday was his biggest business day, he said.

“We did really well. We were turning people away,” Flannery said.

Greencastle-Antrim School District Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover served as Thursday’s parade announcer.

He gave the parade high marks.

“I think everybody was entertained,” he said.

There was something for everybody in the parade — floats, horses, antique cars, fire engines, majorettes— it was a really nice parade, he said.

“It’s been a really good Old Home Week... The success (of Old Home Week) is that people come back and visit with people,” he said.

Old Home Week highlights


1-4 p.m. — Fun fair for families at Jerome King Playground
1-4 p.m. — 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Jerome King Playground
5 p.m. — 38th Triennial Old Home Week Alumni Banquet at Rescue Hose Co. Special Events Center
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Band concert at GAHS featuring local school graduates
Dusk — Fireworks

9 a.m. — Tour of Antrim Township bike ride starting at Jerome King Playground
8 to 11 p.m. — Music on the square and official closing

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