2010-06-17 / Front Page

Chamber Holds Strawberry Festival

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Customers stand in line at the McConnellsburg Lions Club booth Friday waiting to partake of sausage sandwiches and hot dogs grilled by member Bill Agesen and served up by Bob Snyder and Gene Headley as part of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s two-day Strawberry Festival. Customers stand in line at the McConnellsburg Lions Club booth Friday waiting to partake of sausage sandwiches and hot dogs grilled by member Bill Agesen and served up by Bob Snyder and Gene Headley as part of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s two-day Strawberry Festival. Friday night events at the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s Strawberry Festival featured the annual talent contest. This year five contestants competed for the top five prizes. Shelby Arnold, a sophomore at Greencastle High School, sang her way to a first-place finish. The event was sponsored by Tower Bank.

Four contestants took to the stage at noon for the popular hot dog eating contest. Emerging victorious after consuming 12 hot dogs in the alloted 20-minute period was Donald Bookheimer of Hustontown. He faced the following opponents: Richard Strait, Craig Knepper and Jonathan Oris. The national record for hot dog eating is held by Joey Chestnut, who last year consumed 68 hot dogs and buns in a 10-minute period at the famed Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, N. Y.

Gayle Detwiler of F&M Trust’s Hustontown branch puts the finishing touch, a dollop of whipped cream, on a strawberry shortcake during the lunch hour rush Friday at the annual Strawberry Festival. Gayle Detwiler of F&M Trust’s Hustontown branch puts the finishing touch, a dollop of whipped cream, on a strawberry shortcake during the lunch hour rush Friday at the annual Strawberry Festival. Thanks to the generous com- munity spirit of Bill Palmer at Palmer Construction, the festival was moved to the parking lot of the old Fulton County Medical Center. It served as a great location that received many favorable comments from those persons participating and attending.

The annual festival is held the second weekend during the month of June. It features lots of good food, local vendors and crafters, entertainment plus strawberry treats. The festival is provided by the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.
Emerging victorious in the Chamber of Commerce’s hot dog eating contest on Saturday was Donald Bookheimer of Hustontown. Donald ate 12 hot dogs in the alloted 20-minute period. Presenting the trophy is chamber member Clyde Bookheimer. Emerging victorious in the Chamber of Commerce’s hot dog eating contest on Saturday was Donald Bookheimer of Hustontown. Donald ate 12 hot dogs in the alloted 20-minute period. Presenting the trophy is chamber member Clyde Bookheimer.

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