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CHAMBERSBURG - ChambersFest is officially underway. The 30th annual event kicked off July 9 with multiple events, including the Scoop-a-Palooza, Bike Day, the 13th Annual Tim & Susan Cook Memorial 1-Mile Race, and many others will continue throughout the week. Before you head downtown to celebrate Chambersburg, here's what you need to know before you go.

There will be new events this year 

In addition to the traditional events that ChambersFest holds, this year will include several new events. This is the first year ChambersFest will include Restaurant Week, which will give attendees the chance to try restaurants within the area.

"Whether you're local or outside the area, it's an opportunity to see what's in our own backyard and hopefully, if people haven't supported those restaurants before, then they have a positive experience and will come back and spend more money at those restaurants," said Noel Purdy, president of the Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce. 

Purdy also said this year artist Isaiah Zagar will be working with the Chambersburg Mural Project to complete the installation of a mural at the Main Street Deli building, 33 N. Main St., during Old Market Day.

"That will be a fun activity for people from the community to observe and see a mosaic mural being installed by the volunteers and community members under Isaiah's leadership," Purdy said.

Prepare for the weather

Many events during ChambersFest will be held outside, including Bike Day, the one mile race and others, so residents should take into consideration what the weather will be like. According to accuweather.com, the temperature this weekend through next Saturday will range from the mid 80s to the mid 90s and includes several possible thunderstorms. So, make sure to bring an umbrella!

Plan for crowds

According to Purdy, about 10,000 people are expected to attend ChambersFest this year. Purdy also said Old Market Day has previously been the most popular and busiest event, so residents should plan for crowds during this time.

Plan ahead for parking 

Although there is free parking during the events, the main downtown streets will close at 6 a.m. on July 16. Make sure to plan ahead for parking and get a free parking map by visiting downtownchambersburgpa.com.

Bring money 

Several of the events this year require money to participate. For example, attendees should bring money if they wish to participate in Restaurant Week, or want to try their hand at the one mile bike race. To see a complete list of events and the fees associated with them, visit downtownchambersburgpa.com.

Ashley Books, 717-377-4512

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