Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Foodies Love Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau showcases fresh food and great dining in the Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide. The county has an abundance of freshness to share. It 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.

For 2020-21, the “Sweet Trail” is back with more stops—including delicious ice cream, chocolate and candy stops across the county. It even throws in a few favorite recipes and tips on growing fresh food. Franklin Fresh Food & Dining Guide also features all-American and international flavors of Franklin County; a spotlight on local breweries, wineries, and distilleries; listings of farm stands, farmers markets, and honey producers plus a guide to local restaurants. Franklin County’s agricultural past is showcased in Stitches in Time Barn Quilt Trail; trail map is included on the inside back cover.

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. It even throws in a few favorite recipes. Plan a visit today; check out the publication online here. Or, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 to receive a printed publication.

Shippensburg Swing Band Holds Halloween Dance

Shippensburg Swing Band Holds Halloween Dance

The Shippensburg Swing Band will host the annual “Halloween Dinner and Dance” on Friday October 25, 2019 at Premier Events, 429 East Orange Street. The dinner is a full buffet from salad to dessert and starts at 7:00 p.m., followed by dancing, a basket raffle, and a costume contest starting at 8:00 p.m. Live music for dancing will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band. Proceeds from the event support scholarships for local high school musicians.

The Shippensburg Swing Band, under the direction of Vicki Baker, is a swing band located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Our musicians hail from Shippensburg, Newville, Chambersburg, Waynesboro, and other surrounding towns. It is part of a three-band organization: the Shippensburg Band, the Shippensburg Blaskapelle German Band and the Shippensburg Swing Band. The music selections span from the 1930s through the 1950s, concentrating on the 30s and 40s styles of music.

Tickets for dinner and dancing are $30 per individual or $10 for dancing only. Tickets can be purchased online at Proceeds from the dance, auction, and raffle goes towards providing music scholarships for local high school musicians. The Shippensburg Band is a 501c-3 non-profit organization.

Corn-testants Chomp on Kernels at Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival

Corn-testants Chomp on Kernels at Annual Shippensburg Corn Festival

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 Releases 2019 Visitors Guide

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Releases 2019 Visitors Guide

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau completed the 2019 Visitors Guide, the largest and most inclusive publication to help visitors explore Franklin County! This full-color 68-page publication highlights the area and is a handy way for visitors to find what to do, where to go, where to dine and where to stay in Franklin County.

The cover of this year’s guide, taken by Toe Thane, is a  panoramic view of the 11/30 Visitors Center and the Chambersburg’s Memorial Square. With over 100 beautiful full-color photographs, the 2018 Visitors Guide is distributed throughout the United States and Canada to invite visitors to do, dine and stay in Franklin County PA. More than 75,000 are distributed along rest-stops of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, AAA centers, Pennsylvania Welcome Centers and Franklin County businesses, shops, and restaurants.

This flagship publication invites visitors to explore the historic and growing county as well as the new home of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau–11/30 Visitors Center, located at 15 North Main Street. The 11/30 Visitors Center was formerly a bank, operating from 1865 until 2015. Now, as a visitors center, it houses changing exhibits of Franklin County’s art, recreation, beauty, and fresh food. The original footprint of the bank and subsequent additions, make it architecturally interesting, as does the two vaults and a beautiful view overlooking the town square.

The guide includes sections about history, recreation, arts & entertainment, dining, shopping, festivals, family fun and fresh food & markets. This free guide also contains an extensive and comprehensive directory of local businesses and area services to help new and returning visitor as well as families or individuals moving to Franklin County.

For a copy of the 2019 Visitors Guide, contact the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at 866.646.8060 or stop by the 11/30 Visitors Center.


Tommy James Brings Hits to Luhrs Center

Tommy James Brings Hits to Luhrs Center

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS with very special guests THE BUCKINGHAMS, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $75, $65 & $55 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at

“Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson & Clover,” “Draggin’ The Line,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine,” are just a few of the many hits from Tommy James. 23 gold records, nine platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide, in addition to his 32 Billboard Hot 100 charting hits, many have been covered by artists around the world including Bruce Springsteen, Prince, REM, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana and even The Boston Pops, his music is heard in 31 motion pictures to date, and numerous TV Shows such as Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds, The Simpsons, The Goldbergs, and Aquarius.

Opening for Tommy James is one of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams. The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 60s pop rock. Bringing back great memories with their chart-topping 60s hits, The Buckinghams include 70s favorites in their powerful sets, electrifying audiences with dynamic vocals and solid harmonies. Full-time since 1982, original Buckinghams, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band have continued to deliver fast-paced, solid shows that bring crowds to their feet.

For additional information about Tommy James & The Shondells with very special guests The Buckinghams or other performances within the 2019 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at