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The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival September 12th and 13th


GREENCASTLE, PA – The Greencastle Artisans in the Park festival being held September 12th and 13th at the Jerome King Playground will showcase the talent of many local artists and musicians.  Unique art objects and handcrafted creations, many from repurposed materials, will be for sale during the 2-day event. The festival hours are from 10am until 4pm both days.

There will be fun for everyone with shopping, food, and kids’ activities planned including a visit from Shaggy Mountain petting zoo. Highline Restaurant and Railway Lounge will sponsor a craft beer tasting on Saturday from 11am until 3pm.  Sunday morning at 10am, the Greencastle Presbyterian Church welcomes people and pets of all faith to a special blessing of the pets.  Gifts will be given to each pet with free coffee and donuts for their owners before the service.

The musical line-up for the weekend includes Kerensa Gray, Mountain Ride, Wings that Buzz, Basswood, The Negley Brothers and Cassi Raye. Folks are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax at the band shell and listen to the music.  There is no cost for admission.

The festival will be spread throughout the southern section of the playground where the band shell is located.  Street parking is available with overflow at nearby Lumber Direct.

For more information, visit GreencastleArtisansInThePark.com. or find us at facebook.com/greencastleartisansinthepark.

Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday Oct. 3

The summer season will officially be over in a few weeks, but that’s also the time when a little friendly competition will be heating up in downtown Waynesboro.

Mad Anthony’s Chili Cook-Off serves as one of the highlights of Mainstreet Waynesboro’s annual Market Day celebration, scheduled this year from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. Organizers say they know one of the reasons why the event continues to grow each year.

“We offer one of the largest cash prizes for this type of event in the entire four-state region,” said Scott Hershberger, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s director of economic development. “First prize is $500, second is $250, and third place wins $100. Those payouts draw an impressive number of participants.”

This year’s chili cook-off will again have entrants compete against each other in two separate categories. One will feature “professional” chefs who are representing restaurants or other businesses where their product can be purchased while the “non-professional” category will include anyone who just enjoys making chili in the comfort of their own kitchen at home.

During the Market Day event, the chili cook-off will be set up in the parking lot located west of M&T Bank on Center Square. A panel of judges will select first, second and third place winners in each category based on aroma, consistency and taste of the chili. Those winners will also be given trophies.

From 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., visitors can sample chili entries for a small fee before voting for their favorite. The chili with the most votes will win the “People’s Choice” award and a gift card.

Prizes will also be awarded in the categories of “Mayor’s Choice” and “Best Table Decoration.”

Hershberger said that the annual contest has been dubbed “Mad Anthony’s” in honor of Revolutionary War general, Anthony Wayne, whom the town of Waynesboro is named after.

“Since General Wayne was known for his fiery personality, we think he would approve.”

Sheree Green of Christine’s Café took home the top prize in the “professional” category at last year’s cook-off while 13-year-old Sean Schock won “First Place” in the “non-professional” category. Both are expected to return to defend their titles this year.

The entry fee for the cook-off is $25, and it includes a free t-shirt. The deadline to enter is Friday, September 25. Entry forms are available at www.mainstreetwaynesboro.org or anyone interested can call the office of Mainstreet Waynesboro at 717-762-0397 or send an e-mail to suzie@waynesboro.org.


Other attractions planned as part of Market Day include craft vendors, food, live music, entertainment, sidewalk sales and a KidZone at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic School.








Student Life in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover


I have attended school in the Franklin County area since I was three years old. Starting with pre-school at a local church in Waynesboro, PA to attending middle school and high school in Chambersburg, undertaking dual enrollment classes at Wilson College (while still in high school) to ending my long journey by achieving my Bachelors of Business at Shippensburg University.

There are so many countless opportunities that lie within the area, especially for someone like me that did not want to move away from home while going to college. Even if you aren’t eligible for the college life yet, the school districts around the region are one-of-a-kind. The Chambersburg Area Senior High School or otherwise known as CASHS is where I have made all my memories as a young teen. Other great schools are Greencastle, Waynesboro and Mercersburg Academy.

The colleges that surround Franklin County would be Penn State Mon Alto, Wilson College and Shippensburg University. Some of the smaller and further distance ones would be Harrisburg Area Community College and Hagerstown Community College. All of which are great options and so many to choose from. We are in such a great location with many of these schools right at our fingertips.

As I finish out my last year of college at Shippensburg University, I look back on the many years I have spent here in this beautiful town and realize all the wonderful memories I have made. I also come to appreciate all the knowledge I have gained without moving hundreds of miles away to achieve it.

Trail Riding in Franklin County

Submitted by Colleen Hoover

Riding in Franklin County’s majestic mountains on the back of a horse is absolutely breath taking. Franklin County has many options for riding one of the most popular is Caledonia State Park: Michaux Forest which is part of the Appalachian Trail.  A few other locations such as Steel House Hollow in which you can see across several valleys and Tea Berry trail (a part of South Mountain).

Located close to Franklin County is Gettysburg which gives a historical riding experience.  It’s just magical being able to ride right through Pickets Charge, Devils Den and close to the Eisenhower farm.   Another option is Rail-for-trails which was created to have a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines. This is a very popular riding trail.  There are many versatile trails in Franklin County for you to choose from.

My family and I have ridden in many other locations but Franklin County is one of our favorites simply because of the beautiful mountain trials and scenery.

The Towns

Submitted by Tim Latsbaugh

I grew up in Chambersburg, and love coming back to see friends, family and exploring what Franklin County has to offer. I cannot think of a better place to have lived while growing up. The people are friendly, the scenery is among the best you’ll find anywhere, and there is a lot to do.

I think a great attribute of the area is the vibrancy and personality of each season, and the area takes full advantage of each one with fairs, festivals, or by just taking in what nature delivers. I now live in a place that just blurs fall, winter and spring into a one long, year-round summer, so I really look forward to my visits. Regardless of the season, Franklin County brings it on. Spring in Franklin County has arguably one of the greenest backdrops I’ve ever seen. Summer is like a good chili – nice and hot, but still enjoyable – and I try not to miss the fireflies in June. Fall could be my favorite – the changing leaves, the smells, the little places to duck in and watch a Steelers game with other Steelers fans, and a few Ravens.  Winter is winter. I love visiting in the winter, and always hope for a snow. It keeps my driving skills in check, and I always know I can see the snow disappear in my rear view mirror when our visit ends as we head back home to a place that stays much too warm for snow, but seems to be perfect for mosquitoes.








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