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Catch the Spirit - ChambersFest

From July 7-15, 2017, Chambersburg will be bustling with activity for the 31st Annual ChambersFest community celebration. A range of events will be held during the festival including the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race, Scoop-a-Palooza, Old Market Day and 1864: The Burning.


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. 

Support ChambersFest 2017!

Sponsors enable the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce to promote and offer events for the community while boosting the area economy during ChambersFest. More than that, sponsors greatly benefit by sponsoring in a number of ways. You can benefit by showcasing your business in front of thousands of area residents and visitors, building brand recognition for your company, showing community support with your investment to the area and attracting potential clients through your involvement.

To learn more about benefits or to become a sponsor, download the ChambersFest 2017 Sponsorship Form or contact Amy Weibley at 717-264-7101 ext. 204.

ChambersFest 2017 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.

Friday, July 7

First Friday: Stars, Stripes & Straws
5 to 8 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg
Celebrate First Friday in July for the 3rd Annual Stars, Stripes & Straws summer beverage contest! You can purchase your official drink glass on the Courthouse Plaza starting at 5 p.m., walk around to participating businesses to sample their summer beverage, then vote for your favorite. Other activities include DJ Big John in the Courthouse Plaza, balloon twisters, face painting and more.
More information: www.facebook.com/DowntownBusinessCouncil
Coordinated by the Downtown Business Council. Sponsored by Ludwigs Jewelers.

"Ski Holm and Katrina Hoopes: Recent Work" Meet the Artists Reception
5 to 7 p.m. - Council for the Arts
The Council for the Arts is presenting an opening reception for our summer show on July 7. The exhibit features work of Ski Holm and Katrina Hoopes, and is on view through August 25, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. 
More information: www.councilforthearts.net
Coordinated by the Council for the Arts.

Saturday, July 8

14th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race
7 to 9:30 a.m. - Chambersburg Memorial YMCA
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 the Chambersburg Memorial YMCA; 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 23. Register here. (Day-of registration is $18 without T-shirt, $22 with T-shirt.)
Coordinated by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

ChambersFest Bike Day
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Chambersburg Bike Park
Compete in one or more of two bicycle events at the Chambersburg Bike Park: Pump Track Race (6 years - adult) and Jump Line Contest (11 years - adult). Registration and practice from 9:30-11 a.m., racing begins at 11 a.m. Helmets required.
Cost is $9 or $5 for Borough Residents by July 5. Register here. Onsite registration will also be available for $15 or $10 for Borough Residents.
More Information: chambersburgreconline.com
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Recreation Department.

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: www.scoopapalooza.org. At the door tickets also available for higher cost.
Coordinated by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Second Saturday
5 to 10 p.m. - Chambers Fort Park
Enjoy FREE live music and family-friendly movies on Second Saturdays all summer long! This month's free outdoor concert features Pale Barn Ghosts along with opener Rebekah Foster from 5-8 p.m. Beginning at dusk is a free showing of the classic dinosaur thriller "Jurassic Park" (1993).
More information: www.DowntownCburg.com/second-saturdays
Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Thursday, July 13

"Introducing the Movies" 3:10 to Yuma
Two showings: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre
A small-time rancher agrees to hold and transport a captured outlaw to court in Yuma by train resulting in a battle of wills. Starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. Running time: 2:02 Rated R. Host: Pete Lagiovane.
Tickets are $5 per person. Tickets/more information: www.thecapitoltheatre.org
Coordinated by the Capitol Theatre Center.

Friday, July 14

"Visions of a Quilter" Quilt Show
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Falling Spring Presbyterian Church
More than 200 quilted works will be showcased at this popular Quilt Show, along with demonstrations of various quilting techniques and a beautiful hand quilted & appliquéd quilt raffle. Handmade items and quilting supplies will be available for purchase. 
More information: www.chambersburgquiltguild.org
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Quilt Guild.

Saturday, July 15

"Visions of a Quilter" Quilt Show
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Falling Spring Presbyterian Church
More than 200 quilted works will be showcased at this popular Quilt Show, along with demonstrations of various quilting techniques and a beautiful hand quilted & appliquéd quilt raffle. Handmade items and quilting supplies will be available for purchase.
More information: www.chambersburgquiltguild.org
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Quilt Guild.

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, entertainment on two stages and the North Square Farmers Market.
More information: www.facebook.com/OldMarketDay.
To apply to be a vendor, visit: www.discoverchambersburg.com/event-applications.html
Coordinated by the Downtown Business Council. Sponsored by F&M Trust.

Celebrate Music at Old Market Day
9 to 11 a.m. - First United Methodist Church
Cumberland Valley School of Music will present performances by local student musicians. Sam's Music Camp Performance will be at 9 a.m. followed by Voice & Drama Camp at 10 a.m. featuring songs and scenes from "Seussical, the Musical."
More information: www.cvsmusic.org.
Coordinated by Cumberland Valley School of Music.

ChambersFest 7s Rugby Tournament
9:30 a.m. tournament starts - CAMS South
Come and watch this high school level rugby 7s tournament. Rugby 7s is the style of rugby adopted in the Olympics in 2016. Rugby is a contact sport that is exciting to watch. Its currently the fastest growing team sport in the U.S.
More information: www.facebook.com/Chambersfest7s
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Rugby Club.

Dance is Life
1 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre
The performance, “Dance is Life,” celebrates the art of dance through the exploration of movement and gesture in time and space. Dancers from the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School Summer Dance Intensive will perform works from the classical repertoire as well as original, contemporary, and balletic works by guest choreographers. Attendance is free.
More information: www.innernet.net/cbts/.
Coordinated by Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School, under the direction of Lavinia Reid.

1864: The Burning
6 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. These include historic walking tours, living history, exhibits, prizes, giveaways, old-fashioned photo booth, pets from the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter, book signings, glow-in-the-dark face painting, and fun for kids. Throughout the event, Confederate soldiers will be attempting to gather ransom money from the crowd, which will be donated to Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.
More information: www.explorefranklincountypa.com
Coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

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 2nd annual talent search contest.
More information: www.explorefranklincountypa.com
Coordinated by the Capitol Theatre and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Special Thanks to Our 2017 ChambersFest Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Verstandig Broadcasting    VFW Post 1599     wilsonnobackground

Premier Sponsors

F&M Trust, Penn National Insurance

Patron Sponsors

Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, The Chambersburg Club, Menno Haven

Contact Information

ChambersFest is presented by the following organizations:

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce
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
Contact for more information about Old Market Day street festival and/or how to become a vendor. 

Franklin County Visitor's Bureau
Contact for more information about the re-enactment of the Burning of Chambersburg.

Upcoming Events

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