Time flies! The CTA renewal date is quickly nearing the 10/31/2019 deadline to renew your Franklin County CTA certification. If you took the Certification in 2018, the visitors bureau hopes that you will choose to continue to serve as a Franklin County CTA for 2020. CTAs will be contacted via email and by phone over the next few weeks before the 10/31/2019 deadline. We are here to help you through this process!
Why Should You Renew? Top 4 Reasons:
- Keep receiving invitations to Franklin County CTA-exclusive events and mixers and discounts!
- Keep in the know: continue learning and building on the Franklin County knowledge you already have.
- Continue to be a part of over 20,000 CTAs worldwide (and over 150 Franklin County CTAs!) who work together to enhance the visitor experience, make people feel welcome, and give back to their city everyday.
- Continue to meet new people in Franklin County, make friends in the community, and discover new volunteer opportunities.
2 Easy Steps To Renew:
- Add your 50 CTA points at com. Need your login and password – email me at email@example.com
- Pay your $15 renewal fee (payable by check or cash). To pay by credit card, you can call us at 717-552-2977. Checks can be made out to “FCVB” and mailed to 15 S. Main St., Chambersburg, PA 17201. You can also come by The 11/30 Visitors Center to pay.
Kick off the fall season with Franklin County’s Fall Festival Season at Mercersburg’s 40th Annual Townfest and save the date for a festival every weekend through October. Try finding your way out of one of Franklin County’s corn mazes—Stoner’s Dairy Farm on Oelig Road in Mercersburg or Country Creek Corn Maze on Etter Road in Chambersburg. Fall is fabulous in Franklin County.
Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Downtown Mercersburg
More than 8,000 people are expected to attend this year’s 40th annual Mercersburg Townfest. The event, hosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce, features more than 120 crafters, artisans, culinary and local vendors, entertainment from community and school bands, with a children’s fun section on the grounds of the Mercersburg Elementary School.
Waynesboro’s Market Day – Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crisp fall weather brings Mainstreet’s annual Market Day, always on the first Saturday in October. The event features all-day entertainment, including live music, dancing demonstrations, sidewalk sales, children’s activities and dozens of craft, specialty and food vendors. Entries in the annual Scarecrow Contest are displayed along Main Street lamp posts.
Mercersburg Beer & Wine Festival – Saturday, October 5, 2019
Enjoy plenty of room to spread-out and enjoy some great samplings, food, and entertainment. Hosted by the Tuscarora Area Chamber of Commerce at the Mercersburg Lions Club Park at 405 S. Park Ave. in Mercersburg. Gates for regular admission open at 1 PM and close at 5 PM. VIP Entry into the park will be at Noon The Mercersburg Beer and Wine Festival will offer an impressive array of 5+ wineries and vintners and 15+ Breweries with 30+ craft beers. Parking is FREE at the event. This is a rain or shine festival. Click here to purchase tickets.
Several competitors turned out Aug. 31 in an attempt to win the coveted golden corn plaque, $50 and bragging rights. The Shippensburg Corn Festival held its annual Corn-Eating Contest in front of the Main Stage on Earl Street once again on the last Saturday in August. It was a day for reigning champs to defend their titles, returning contestants to try to beat their own records and first-timers who had no clue what they were getting into!
The MidLife Cowboys wrote a brand new song to sing for the 3 minutes of this year’s contest, as mouths and kernels flew to the beat. “I’m in my first contest at the Ship Fest, I’m hoping to win, and I will do my best. I got all my cobs lined up and I’m downing it with my Solo cup. If I’m lucky, I won’t throw up!” they sang.
Judges watched in awe as the contestants put away ear after ear of corn, laughing as the kernels flew and stuck to the corn-testants’ cheeks and lips. Some turned the ears as they quickly took in mouthfuls of the sweet yellow kernels. Others used the typewriter method to clear their cobs. Police Chief Meredith Dominick timed the contest, and alerted the band when the 3 minutes were up. At the end, Bryan Rottkamp had put away 16 ears of corn, earning him the title of champion. Rottkamp came in second place last year, beaten by Trevor Woolwine, who ate 12 ears to win the contest.
Woolwine was among the corn-testants again this year to defend his title. As was John Sumoski of Shippensburg, who won the plaque two years ago.
Sumoski came in second this year with 12 ears of corn. Woolwine had an “ear-off” with another contestant, Matt Engel, to determine the third place winner after they both ate 11 ears. Engel came out on top after eating an additional four ears of corn in 30 seconds.
Woolwine was supported by his fellow teammates from the Shippensburg University swim team. After the contest, he said he was shooting to eat three more ears than last year. “I was trying to get first again, but I ate too much this time,” he laughed. “I had a big egg sandwich for breakfast.” Woolwine said he wasn’t happy with the judges this year, and plans to return again next year.
After the contest, Rottkamp said he isn’t quite sure how he was able to eat 16 ears this year, up from last year’s dozen. “I don’t know,” he laughed. “I just kept on eating. You just don’t stop!” Rottkamp said he had no idea how many ears he had eaten until the contest was over. His advice for future contestants? “Don’t eat breakfast!” he quipped. Rottkamp said he will be back next year to defend his title. His winnings are going right back into his college education at Shippensburg University.
“I want to thank Shippensburg for this awesome event! It’s a good day,” Rottkamp said.
First-time corn-testant Edwin Cordero of Harrisburg struggled during parts of the contest, with a mouthful of corn. While he didn’t win, he did eat eight ears of corn, which is pretty good for a newbie. “I will definitely do it again,” he said, smiling. “Next time, I will better prepare myself!”
Special thanks to CTA Denise Bonura for the recap of Cornfest 2019.
Save the Date for the next Corn Festival: August 29, 2020
Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) showcases fresh food and great dining in Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. Franklin County has an abundance of freshness to share. The county ranks second in vegetable production in the state, is home to the Chambersburg peach, and yields 850 million pounds of milk annually. With such a variety of fresh foods, foodies love Franklin County.
Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. The publication is a great way to plan a “foodie tour” of Franklin County and take home some of the fresh foods from farmers markets, cheese makers, and creameries to enjoy a little longer. The 2019-2020 Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide includes a “Sweet Trail,” highlighting ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes, ways to eat more plant-based meals, and tips on growing fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in the Cumberland Valley Bank Barn and the new Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail, both topics of the newest edition of Franklin Fresh. Food is an essential part of every trip, and Franklin County food is a reason to visit. Plan ahead by checking out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is holding a Tourism Summit at the 11/30 Visitors Center on September 26, 8 AM to Noon. It will recap FCVB’s first year in the new visitors center, look ahead to 2020, and provide tourism partners an opportunity to share highlights of their organization or business. The goal is to share and learn and expand the footprint of tourism in Franklin County.
Keynote speaker Mickey Schaefer will present Driving Tourism Through Quality Experience. The presentation will help summit participants to understand strategies to make visitors experiences better. A good visitor experience is the way to bring more visitors, return visitors, and increase spending throughout the county. Schaefer is the founder of The EXPERIENCE Institute, a companion of the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program, and is an inductee into the Events Industry Council’s Hall of Fame.
Tourism brings $350 million in visitors spending to Franklin County’s economy and generates nearly $1 million in room tax that supports heritage, culture, agricultural and recreational vitality. To frame tourism’s importance and integrated value in both an economic and quality of life perspective, a panel discussion will follow the keynote. Panelists include Mike Ross of Franklin County Area Development Corporation, Katie Hess of South Mountain Partnership, Matthew Ross of Southcentral PA Works, Janet Pollard of Franklin County Visitors Bureau, and Mickey Schaefer.
The public, non-profits, and tourism-related or tourism-supporting businesses are welcome. There is no charge to register. Contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or visit Eventbrite to register.