2012-07-26 / Front Page

Wells Tannery To Host 65th Homecoming Sat.

Event kicks off with parade at 11 a.m.
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

NEWS EDITOR

From the new pavilion and the updated kitchen to the recently repaired grandstand, the residents of Wells Tannery continue to strive to keep their community fresh and modern while maintaining that down-home, country feel. Saturday, residents from the Tannery and the surrounding communities and villages will get to relax and enjoy the fruits of their ongoing labor when they gather for the Wells Tannery Homecoming.

Held at Wells Tannery Community Park, the 65th annual event will get under way with an 11 a.m. parade that will convene on the northwestern side of town. Community Park Board of Director and parade organizer Krissie Earley told the “News” there is no advance registration required to sign up or participate in the parade. Parade lineup is between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. along Route 915. Individuals will be stationed at both ends of the parade route that will run up and down West Tannery Road before turning onto Cove Road and ending at the Community Park.

A multitude of fire equipment and trucks from area volunteer fire companies are typically on hand for the parade, and marching and twirling groups are highly encouraged to participate as are bicyclists, horseback riders, church groups, four-wheelers and antique vehicles. Earley noted in the case of four-wheeler operators riding to and from the parade on their all-terrain vehicle, the vehicle must be decorated in advance in order to legally travel along the roadway.

Parade marshals Hope Wright and Helen Foreman will lead the parade, which will likely include some musical selections by the Forbes Road Junior/Senior High band led by director Ryan Wade.

Following the parade, visitors to the Tannery are encouraged to reconnect with family and friends at the park, where event organizers have planned a day filled with fun, family activities. Community Park President Byron Helsel said registration for the third annual car and truck show is scheduled for noon to 2:30 p.m. Cost to register is $8, and all makes and models of cars and trucks are welcome.

Trophies will be awarded for a variety of categories, including best of show, director’s choice and top-15 entries. No burnouts, racing, loud music or alcohol is permitted during the car and truck show.

Additional information relevant to the show can be obtained by contacting Ken Keebaugh at 717-987-4217 or kwkeebaugh@hotmail.com.

While food and fellowship are always two of the key components for homecoming visitors, organizers are sure their food selection won’t disappoint attendees. Helsel said the menu will stick closely to that offered in previous years with homecooked food prepared and served up by area residents. In addition to hand-dipped ice cream, barbecue chicken, barbecue and roast beef sandwiches, french fries, hot dogs, potato salad, homemade pies and cakes and beverages will be available.

Of course, attendees are also urged to bring a lawn chair, sit back and relax or lace up their dancing shoes for the live entertainment that will run between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Bedford resident Dick McConnell will serenade the crowd with his old-time, back porch music starting at 11 a.m., while Grant Souders of Mc- Connellsburg and his crew will perform from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. New Connection will round out the evening with a performance from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Vendor spots are also available throughout the day for individuals wishing to sell their wares ranging from antiques to crafts, Helsel added.

Rounding out the night will be a raffle drawing at 9 p.m., Helsel stated. Prizes include a Remington .870 gauge magnum, a rocking chair, a lamp, a framed print of the grandstand and a $50 Sheetz gift card. All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Wells Tannery Community Park, which will also be selling Wells Tannery, PA T-shirts, hats and additional limited production prints of the grandstand that were created by Tom Duffey, of McConnellsburg.

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