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From July 14-21, 2018, Chambersburg, PA will be bustling with activity for the 32nd Annual ChambersFest community celebration. A range of events will be held during the festival including ChambersFest Restaurant Week, Scoop-a-Palooza, Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race, Old Market Day and 1864: The Burning and more! ChambersFest celebrates the spirit of the townspeople with fun, family-friendly events for thousands of people to enjoy.

 


ChambersFest 2018 Schedule of Events


Please note: This schedule is updated on a regular basis to reflect the most current event information. Events may be added/changed.

 

Restaurant Week July 14-21.

Participating Chambersburg Restaurants
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual ChambersFest Restaurant Week will feature unique cuisines and specials to showcase the best in dining. More than 20 restaurants will participate showcasing special cuisines, meal deals and prizes for patrons. Discover the wide variety of dining options during the week of ChambersFest! 

More information: Chambersburg.org/ChambersFestRW

Sponsored by Penn National Insurance and Strickler Agency, Inc. Coordinated by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

Saturday, July 14


15th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race
July 14 - 7 to 9:30 a.m. - CASHS Upper Concession Stand
Proceeds from this race are donated to the Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to students at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. 7 a.m. Registration begins at Chambersburg Area Senior High School's upper concession stand; 8 a.m. Women’s/Girl’s Race/Walk; 8:30 a.m. Men’s/Boy’s Race/Walk; 9:30 a.m. Results Ceremony.
Register: $15 per entry without T-shirt, $20 per entry with T-shirt by June 25. Register here. (Day-of registration is $18 without T-shirt, $22 with T-shirt.)
Coordinated by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

 

North Square Farmers Market

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg

Enjoy Chambersburg's only open-air farmers market offering farm fresh, seasonal and 100% locally grown produce. Products exclusively from local farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs in a fun, social atmosphere as well as kids' activities, live music and more. Free!

More information: NorthSquareFarmersMarket.com

Coordinated by North Square Farmers Market.

 

Scoop-a-Palooza
July 14 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Chambersburg Area Senior High School
Enjoy all-you-can-eat ice cream samples from local ice cream shops! Once you enter the festival you can sample all the ice cream you want from a variety of area shops and then be sure to vote for your favorite flavors in each of the 5 categories! Proceeds raise money for educational programs offered through the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.
Tickets: $6 adults, $4 kids in advance. Purchase tickets online here: Scoopapalooza.org. At the door tickets also available for higher cost.
Coordinated by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber Foundation.

Bike Fest 2018

July 14 - 12 to 8 p.m. - Chambersburg Bike Park, 100 Hood St.

Come out and cruise some laps! There will be a high jump and best trick contest on the jump lines. There will be hot dogs on the grill throughout the day. Entry fee by donation. Click for details.

 

Second Saturday Movies
July 14 - 9 p.m. - Chambers Fort Park
Enjoy FREE family-friendly movies on Second Saturdays all summer long! This month's free movie will be "COCO" (2017).
More information: DowntownCburg.com/Second-Saturdays
Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

 

Tuesday, July 17 - Saturday, July 21

 

Look Away: The Aftermath of the Burning of Chambersburg

History Exhibit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Franklin County Historical Society (Old Jail) - 175 E. King St.

Featuring archives and artifacts from the Burning of Chambersburg including letters and photos. Free! Click here for more details. 

Coordinated by the Franklin County Historical Society.

 

Franklin County Art Alliance Winner’s Gallery

Art Exhibit 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday - Council for the Arts – 81 North Main St.

Featuring over 30 of the award-winning works of art from the 47th Annual Membership Exhibition of the Franklin County Art Alliance held earlier this summer. This is an eclectic collection of oils, watercolors, pastels and prints by both adult and high school student artists. Kids’ Activities also offered on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 717-264-6883 for more details. Free!

Coordinated by the Council for the Arts.

 

Thursday, July 19


Cabaret
Two screenings at 3 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre

The decadent and scintillating film version of the long-running Broadway hit, depicts life in Berlin in 1931 as the Nazis begin their ascent to power in Germany and their attempt to domi-nate the world.

Tickets/more information: TheCapitolTheatre.org
Coordinated by the Capitol Theatre Center.

 

Saturday, July 21

 

North Square Farmers Market

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg

Enjoy Chambersburg's only open-air farmers market offering farm fresh, seasonal and 100% locally grown produce. Products exclusively from local farmers, artisans and entrepreneurs in a fun, social atmosphere as well as kids' activities, live music and more. Free!

More information: NorthSquareFarmersMarket.com

Coordinated by North Square Farmers Market.


Old Market Day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg
A ChambersFest tradition, this free street festival in downtown Chambersburg features art, craft and food vendors, kids’ activities, on stage entertainment and the North Square Farmers Market.
More information: Facebook.com/OldMarketDay.
To apply to be a vendor, visit: DiscoverChambersburg.com/event-applications.html
Coordinated by the Downtown Business Council. Sponsored by F&M Trust.

 

ChambersFest Summer Swag

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Chambersburg Heritage Center & Gift Shop, 100 Lincoln Way East

Pick up your FREE ChambersFest Summer Swag including sunglasses and beach balls while you enjoy the Old Market Day festivities! Cold bottled water will also be available free of charge thanks to our Corporate ChambersFest Sponsors: Lifehouse Church, Summit Health, VerStandig Broadcasting, The Shook Home and the Quarters at the Shook, VFW Post 1599, TB Wood's and Wilson College. Public restrooms also available at the Heritage Center.

 

Central Presbyterian Church 150th Anniversary Celebration

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West

Central Presbyterian Church on the square will have their Lincoln Way West Comfort Station open throughout the day. They will provide public restrooms, and tables in the Friendship Hall so you can eat your food from Old Market Day in a comfortable, air-conditioned atmosphere. An organ recital by three members of the American Guild of Organists will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tours of the Sanctuary Tiffany Windows will take place from 12:30 - 4 p.m. Sign up for tours at the welcome table in front of the church.

 

Camp Showcase by Cumberland Valley School of Music

9:30 a.m. - The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St.

This musical showcase will feature three of Cumberland Valley School of Music's camps: Voice & Drama, Voice & Drama Jr. and the YMCA Sam's Music Camp performing songs and scenes from "The Little Mermaid." Their performance begins at 9:30 a.m. on the Capitol Theatre's main stage. Free! Click here for more information: http://www.cvsmusic.org/

 

Old Jail Tours
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Franklin County Historical Society, 175 E. King St.
The Old Jail will be open for tours during Old Market Day to celebrate their 200th Anniversary! There'll be extra tour guides on duty. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children over 6, $10 for families (2 adults and 2 children) as well as group rates available. Fee. Call 717-264-1667 for more information or click here. 

Coordinated by the Franklin County Historical Society.

 

Interactive Art Exhibit

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St.

In collaboration with Coyle Free Library, students in the Wilson College Master of Fine Arts program will present an interactive art exhibition at the library. CONNECT: A Walk-Through Exhibit is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to "connect" via the temporary exhibitions placed throughout the newly renovated Coyle Library. Artists' projects include a performance in homage to Margaret Cochran Corbin, who fought in the American Revolutionary War; an interactive yarn installation; a robotic dancing statue and show tunes sung by musical theater performers. For more information, contact Ed Woodham at ed.woodham@wilson.edu or call 347-350-4242.

 

A Cappella & Unplugged
7 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg
The highlight event preceding the 1864 light show is the final round of A Cappella & Unplugged, performed on the steps of the courthouse. Spectators can vote for their favorite act and have their in-person vote tabulated with online voting to select the winner, who will received $500 and bragging rights to the 4th annual talent search contest. Free!
More information: ExploreFranklinCountyPa.com
Coordinated by the Capitol Theatre and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.


1864: The Burning
9 to 10 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg
As darkness approaches, the town will transform to 1864 and the story of the town’s ransoming, burning and rebirth will come to life with incredible light and atmospheric effects. A variety of activities will lead up to the reenactment of the Burning of Chambersburg light show. Free!
More information: ExploreFranklinCountyPa.com
Coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.


History

ChambersFest began in 1986 when local organizations came together to create a festival commemorating the town’s rebirth after its burning on July 30, 1864 during the Civil War. On that fateful day, Chambersburg became the only town north of the Mason-Dixon line to be burned by Confederates during the war. More than 500 structures were destroyed and 2,000 people left homeless. The townspeople were resilient, however, and rebuilt the town, which enabled Chambersburg to grow and prosper.

Today, ChambersFest celebrates the spirit of the townspeople with fun, family-friendly events thousands of people enjoy every year. 


Special Thanks to Our 2018 ChambersFest Sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Click here or call Lark at 717-264-7101 ext. 206


Corporate Sponsors

            
Verstandig-Media-Stations_copy         Summit Health logo for sponsorship 

     TBW-Logo  Shook Rehabilitation     

 

wilsonnobackground                        lhhoriz

 

VFW Post 1599        Amvets Post 224


Premier Sponsors

Apple Valley Waste Services, Inc., Chambersburg Area Development Corp., F&M Trust, Menno Haven, Park's Garbage Service, Inc., Penn National Insurance

 

Benefactor Sponsor

M&S Harley Davidson, Rose Rent Lofts, Valley Agency Insurance

 

Contributor Sponsors

American Legion Burt J. Asper Post 46The Chambersburg Club, Rausch USA, Strickler Insurance Agency, Inc., Manpower, Noelker & Hull Associates, Inc., R.E.M. Staffing, Inc.

 

 


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Contact Information

ChambersFest is coordinated by the following organizations:

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
717-264-7101
Contact for general information about ChambersFest, or for details about the Tim & Susan Cook Memorial Race, Scoop-a-Palooza and ChambersFest Restaurant Week.

Downtown Business Council
717-261-0072
Contact for more information about Old Market Day street festival and/or how to become a vendor. 

Franklin County Visitors Bureau
866-646-8060
Contact for more information about the re-enactment of the Burning of Chambersburg.





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Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
100 Lincoln Way East, Suite A  |  Chambersburg, PA 17201 
(717) 264-7101  |  Fax: (717) 267-0399