There’ll be plenty of food, crafts, entertainment and free family fun at the 22nd annual Newville Fountain Festival, which runs Friday and Saturday in the borough.
An assortment of activities, including a parade, are scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and the program will continue from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The theme is “Television Comes to Newville,” and proceeds will benefit local community organizations like the senior center, food bank and Neighbors in Christ.
“It’s a free event, a family festival,” said Carolyn Kough, who chairs the Fountain Festival Committee.
She said the committee chose television as its theme this year because it was “something a little different.”
“We thought we could have things from television shows from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, like ‘Happy Days’ or ‘Captain Kangaroo,’” she said.
Although attendance is somewhat effected by the weather, the event has grown over the years and today is one of Newville’s biggest festivals. But Kough said its continued success is the result of a community working together.
“We always hope for good weather and a good response. … It takes time, and there are a lot of people who work hard,” she said. “We are so thankful for our volunteers. We really have the community behind us.”
Kough and her core committee of some 10 local residents meet monthly, beginning in January, to plan the festival. They are assisted by other volunteers, who help with everything from scheduling vendors and entertainers to planning contests and securing prizes.
A volunteer since the festival’s beginning in 1995, Kough has chaired the event for the past 20 years. She said crafts are always popular, as well as events like the porch decorating contest and duck derby.
“And the music attracts a lot of people, too,” she said. “We have a variety of music.”
The number of vendors this year could make the 2017 festival one of the biggest yet.
“We have a larger number of crafters this year,” she said. “We have a really good number. … They have a variety of things. Jewelry is always popular, and handmade items, like a broom maker who comes every year. We have some antique vendors, but a lot of the things are handcrafted.”
Kough said everything follows the theme, and the prizes are great.
“The top winners in the duck derby will get prizes of $100, $75 and $50,” she said. “We have $1,200 in parade prizes, and there are prizes for the look-alike contest, car show, chalk art, baking contest — all the contests have either cash prizes or gift certificates.”
Friday events will begin with a TV personality/character look-alike contest at 5:30 p.m. The Shippensburg Swing Band will perform at 6:30 p.m., and the Fountain Festival parade, led by grand marshal Randy Finkey, will step off at 7:30 p.m. The evening will conclude at 8:30 p.m. with a street dance with Scott Donato and a slide presentation by historian Robert Over.
Saturday’s program will include Friendship Hose Fire Company’s breakfast buffet from 7 to 10 a.m., a car show with antique cars and tractors from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., a blueberry baking contest at 8 a.m., a 5K run at 8:30 a.m., a chalk art contest from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the duck derby at noon.
A complete listing of events is available in brochures located throughout the community and in advertisements in The Sentinel, as well as at http://www.newvilleborough.com/fountain-fest.