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Fort Loudon Peach Festival slated Aug. 15

The fifth annual Peach Festival will be held on Saturday, August 15, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Community Grounds in Fort Loudon.

Visitors can enjoy peach pie, peach cobbler, peach sundaes, peach cream puffs, sandwiches, French fries, funnel cakes, kettle corn and soft drinks. Chicken-Bar-B-que will be available at 11 a.m. until sold out.

Entertainment will be provided by the Shippensburg Swing Band, Wacky Wizard Magic Show and Gospel Music by local musician, John Brink.

There will be lots of activities for young people, including barrel train rides, face painting, a goldfish pitch, milk can toss and Giant Castle moon bounce. Willy Bill, the clown, will stroll throughout the grounds from noon until 2 p.m., making animal balloons for the kiddies. Smoky Bear and Ranger Lynn will be present from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Kindly Canines Therapy Dogs will be on site at 11 a.m.

The Ryan Walls Racing Team will be present with a race car (#39) and will be signing autographs.

Trooper Ed Asbury, PA State Police, will be on site from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. He will provide information on child ID and can show parents how to make their car seats safer. He will also have a marked police car for display.

The Giant Peach will be set up for photo-ops.

The Breast Fairy will pass out materials promoting the breast cancer awareness program from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Wood Mobile will be set up on site throughout the day. The traveling exhibit provides information on the state's forest resources and the forest products industry.

Almost 70 craft and home-based businesses will be set up for the day. The popular Art Show will be in the Community Center beginning at 9 a.m.

The auction with auctioneer Jeannie Pepple begins at 1 and will have a variety of items for sale: A framed, signed, numbered, print of James Smith firing on Fort Loudoun, a Fort Loudon throw, gift bag of garden supplies, cookbook, a signed, dated, numbered hand-carved wooden cane, a 1953 Fort Loudon Sesquicentennial booklet, tote bag with Mary Kay products, a small Longaberger Gatehouse basket, ceramic cookie jar, crib quilt, floral tote bag, tote bag with doggie treats and supplies, snowman Christmas card holder, Christmas tree skirts, an Amazing Grace wall hanging, cheese box hand painted by Dixie Hoover, gift certificates from area businesses and more.

Bring your lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing day in the country. Parking is free, admission is free. The community grounds is located at Route 30 and Hawbaker Drive. Proceeds benefit Trinity United Church of Christ in Fort Loudon.

For a schedule of activities or more information call Anna Rotz 717-369-3318 or email