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Catch the Spirit - ChambersFest 30th Anniversary

From July 9-16, 2016, Chambersburg will be bustling with activity for the 30th 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. 

ChambersFest 2016 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.

Saturday, July 9 - Saturday, July 16

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ChambersFest Restaurant Week

Help us celebrate ChambersFest 2016 with the first ever ChambersFest Restaurant Week! From Saturday, July 9 through Saturday, July 16 visit participating restaurants to take advantage of their ChambersFest Restaurant Week Specials and enter to win daily prizes! Restaurant Week is sponsored by Johnnie's Restaurant & Hotel Service, Inc.

More information: ChambersFest Restaurant Week
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Chamber.

Saturday, July 9

13th 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 26. Register here. (Day-of registration is $18 without T-shirt, $22 with T-shirt.)
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Chamber.

ChambersFest Bike Day
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Chambersburg Bike Park
Compete in one or more of three bicycle events: Pump Track Race; Best Trick Jump Contest; and Short Track Cross-Country Race at the Chambersburg Bike Park. Various categories to include ages 6 to adults. Registration and practice from 9-11 a.m., racing begins at 11 a.m. Helmets required.

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.
Coordinated by the Chambersburg Chamber.

Second Saturday
5 to 10 p.m. - Chambers Fort Park
Second Saturdays are back this summer! The free event features outdoor concerts at Chambers Fort Park from 5-8 p.m., followed by an outdoor family-friendly film beginning at dusk. July's event features live music from Wings That Buzz with opening act Jon Ingels, followed by a showing of Back to the Future. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnics.
Coordinated by Downtown Chambersburg Inc.

Thursday, July 14

Two showings: 3 & 6 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre
The Capitol Theatre will be showing LINCOLN (2012) on the big screen. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and directed by Steven Spielberg, this film chronicles the President's time in office between 1861 and 1865 as he dealt with personal demons and politics during the Civil War. Prior to the featured movie will be a short film about The Burning of Chambersburg beginning at 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. The showing is sponsored by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Tickets: $5/person - purchase here. Concessions will be available for an additional fee.
Coordinated by The Capitol Theatre.

Friday, July 15

1864 Civil War Ball
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle
The Civil War Ball offers a glimpse of Victorian culture and a respite from the reality of America’s strife. Participants will be guided by the Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation, and are invited to dress in Civil War era attire, contemporary formal attire, or contemporary business attire.

Tickets: $15/person or $25/couple and available to purchase here.
Coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Saturday, July 16

Old Market Day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Downtown Chambersburg
A ChambersFest tradition, this 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.
Coordinated by the Downtown Business Council.

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. At 9 a.m., CVSM Voice and Drama Camp will present a mini-musical version of "The Sound of Music" performed by students in grades 4-8. Next will be CVSM Voice and Drama Camp Jr. presenting "Friend on the Farm" featuring students in grades 1-3. The final performance will be songs, dances and artwork by Sam's Music Camp.

More information: www.cvsmusic.org
Coordinated by Cumberland Valley School of Music.

ChambersFest 7s Rugby Tournament
9 a.m. - Chambersburg Area Middle School South
ChambersFest 7s is a school-age rugby tournament offering competitive divisions for high school boys (U19), high school girls (U19), junior high boys (U15) and middle school boys (U13). There will also be a free youth rugby clinic for grade school kids. Concessions will be offered and athletic trainers will be onsite. Spectator admission is free.

Team Registration: cost is $200 per team ($175 is paid before July 4). Contact Steve Wright to register: rugger@comcast.net, 717-352-8864.
Coordinated by ChambersFest 7s.

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 Capitol Theatre and 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.

llluminate Party
10 p.m. - The Capitol Theatre
Be sure to attend the free-admittance Illuminate Party after the light show to view a transformative art installation, enjoy more music from contestants of A Cappella & Unplugged, and have some fun with black light and karaoke.

More information: www.explorefranklincountypa.com
Coordinated by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

Special Thanks to Our ChambersFest 2016 Sponsors


Corporate Sponsors
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Premier Sponsors

Amvets Post 224, Central PA Wireless - Boost Mobile, Chambersburg Area Development Corp., F&M Trust, The Franklin Shopper, TB Wood's, Inc.

Benefactor Sponsors

Burt J. Asper American Legion Post 46, Chambersburg First Church of God, M+S Harley-Davidson®

Contributor Sponsors

The Chambersburg Club, Johnnie's Restaurant & Hotel Service, Noelker and Hull Associates, Inc., The Shook Home and the Quarters at the Shook, Strickler Insurance Agency

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.

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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