2012-09-06 / Front Page

Scout Reservation To Host Bluegrass Fest

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz


After boasting two years of rave reviews and a solid turnout, the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America is moving forward with its plans to offer a day of great food and music at the Sinoquipe Scout Reservation later this month.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. for the third annual Sinoquipe Bluegrass Jamboree that is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, according to longtime camp overseer and Scouting enthusiast Jack Rhodes.

Following an itinerary similar to prior years, the festival will include tunes by Millers Station, The Back Creek Valley Boys, The Quincy Duo and Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge Band. Staging for the jamboree will be adjacent to the quartermaster’s building on camp, with bands taking the stage beginning at noon and changing every two hours. The event is slated to wrap up at 7 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating. Food will be available onsite with Chili Dave preparing his “award-winning” pulled pork and pit beef. Furthermore, attendees are encouraged to walk around the camp located in Fort Littleton and enjoy the facility’s climbing wall, horseshoes, volleyball and water activities. Canoes and kayaks are available for those wishing to take advantage of the lake setting, and fishing can be enjoyed without a license.

Rhodes said the silent auction remains a “major” component of the annual jamboree fundraiser. Auction items are still needed from businesses and local residents interested in supporting the Scouting movement. “Our calling card at this auction is unique, one-of-a-kind items such as old signage and antiques,” Rhodes noted.

In 2011, the Bluegrass Jamboree netted almost $4,000. This year Rhodes has set his sights even higher with a goal of $10,000. One hundred percent of the money raised is earmarked for improvements at Camp Sinoquipe and for program materials and related items for the Scouts, he said.

A total of 400 tickets are available for the event, and approximately 100 have been sold to date. Tickets are available at a variety of locations and through various means.

In addition to purchasing tickets directly from the Mason-Dixon Council Office located at 18600 Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown, Md., interested residents can also buy tickets online at www.masondixon bsa.org.

Locally, tickets are available at the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism office and McLaughlin’s Drug Store, both of McConnellsburg; Parks Service Station and Cutchall’s Gulf Station in Fort Littleton; Dott Store; Harr’s Grocery; Mason Dixon BBQ Services in Shady Grove, Pa.; Henry’s Floor Covering, Greencastle; Smith’s Implements, Mercersburg; Sandy Ridge Market in Orbisonia; and Top’s Diner, Huntingdon.

Rhodes said a new addition to ticket sales this year includes tick- ets for group outings ranging from businesses wanting to host a company picnic to a family gathering. An area and tables will be earmarked for those wishing to attend the festival as a group or semiprivate party. Canopies can be used but must be provided by the group.

Several groups have already committed to attend the jamboree, said Rhodes, who should be contacted directly by additional groups wanting to attend.

“Scouting is alive, well and continuing to grow in Fulton County. By purchasing a ticket, you’re supporting local Scouting efforts as well as the camp,” he added.

Tickets are $20 each. Admission for children between 6 and 10 is $10, while children 5 and under can enter for free. Pets are not permitted at the festival, which will be held rain or shine.

Rhodes can be contacted regarding group visits, silent auction items or for additional information by calling Camp Sinoquipe at 717-987-3464.

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