Signups underway for Old Home Week events

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

The 41st triennial Greencastle-Antrim Old Home Week is less than a month away, and local residents can get involved in the celebration, which runs from Saturday, Aug. 6, to Saturday, Aug. 13.

More information about the festivities and registration forms for events can be found on the Old Home Week website.

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OHW Parade

Entries are sought for the Old Home Week Parade, which will step off at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11.

“This parade is one of the highlights of a weeklong celebration held triennially in the Greencastle-Antrim community,” according to John Alleman, committee chair. More than 6,000 people usually line the 2-mile parade route.

More than 6,000 people will line the streets of Greencastle for the Old Home Week Parade on Thursday, Aug. 11.

Categories include uniformed organization; junior organization (under age 19); majorettes; dance or cheer group, 10 or more; musical group, five or more; float; OHW theme dressed child, under 19; OHW theme dressed individual; OHW theme dressed couple; community/civic theme group; and sponsor’s/judges’ choice.

Fire apparatus prizes will be presented for best appearing aerial unit; best appearing engine; best appearing squad; best appearing special unit; best appearing ambulance/medic; best appearing antique apparatus; best appearing company overall.

Also welcome are cars, trucks, tractors and other entries not covered by one of the categories.

Forms should be sent to Parade Committee, 9086 Sandy Circle, Greencastle, PA 17225 or emailed to no later than Aug. 3.

For more information, contact Alleman at 717-597-8625 or the above email address.The rain date for the parade is Saturday, Aug. 13.

Motorcycle Show

The Old Home Week Motorcycle Show will be held Saturday, Aug. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the south side of Center Square and along South Carlisle Street.

The OHW motorcycle committee will select best of show. Judging by the public for other cash prizes will take place from 3 to 5 p.m., awards will be given at 5:30 p.m. and participants are eligible for door prizes.

Motorcycles will be displayed on the south side of Center Square and along South Carlisle Street during the Old Home Week Motorcycle Show on Saturday, Aug. 6.

Advance registration is recommended on the Old Home Week website, but motorcyclists also can register the day of the show.

Entertainment by Promising Leith, a good time rock ‘n’ roll party band, from 2 to 5 p.m. on Center Square will provide the backdrop for the motorcycle show.

‘Fun’ Dog Show

The Old Home Week “Fun” Dog Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, on the Greencastle Antrim Elementary School grounds, 500 Leitersburg St.

Area dogs can compete for awards in 10 categories, including best dressed, best kisser and best trick.

Pre-registration is required by July 29. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Registration forms can be found at Mikie’s Ice Cream, Dodie’s Family Hair Salon, Carl’s Drug Store, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Besore Library, Franklin Veterinary and Greencastle Veterinary Hospital. Registration forms can also be completed on the Old Home Week website

Confirmation of registration will be sent from the committee. If confirmation is not received by Aug. 2, call 717-375-2425. Proof of current rabies vaccination and license are required. If tattooed, proof is also is required.

Dogs must be on leashes at all times.

Spectators may want to bring lawn chairs.

USA Day Committee

The USA Day Committee, a recently formed organization honoring history and patriotism in the Greencastle-Antrim community in hopes of directly impacting young people, is looking for participants and donations for its Old Home Week parade entry.

The USA Day Committee float in the parade on Thursday, Aug. 11, will feature veterans and a display of American flags — from the one sewn by Betsy Ross through the present.

Volunteers are needed to walk in front of the float carrying replicas of the Hometown Hero banners that line Greencastle streets. There are about 260 banners and Meagan Brockway, a committee member, said it would be great if there are enough people to carry replicas of all of them. Monetary donations will help defray the cost of making the replicas.

For more information, contact Brockway at 301-991-5632 or

Window displays

One of the dozens of committees involved on OHW planning oversees the displays which will be set up in storefront windows throughout downtown Greencastle. The window display committee is comprised of Bob O'Connor, Nathan Nardi, Larisa Martin, Amy Hicks, Canaan Gour, Landon Gour, and Bill Gour, chairman.

According to Bill Gour, it is an Old Home Week tradition to stroll downtown to see the displays.

WRGG earned a blue ribbon for its Old Home Week window display in 2019.

“While events take place at different times and different venues throughout the community, the window displays are available for viewing the entire week,” he said. “While not everyone can make it to every event, everyone can visit downtown to see the displays.”

Some merchants will be setting up their own displays and, with over 40 windows available, there is plenty of room for contributions from the public.

“Setting up a display presents the opportunity to get actively involved in Old Home Week,” said Gour. “Organizations, including non-profits, often participate, because they recognize the value of this outreach as a promotional opportunity.”

There are six categories for window displays: History, Our Community, Our Heroes, Toys and Games, Collectibles and Clothing and Household Items. In order to be an official participant and eligible for prize money, a registration form must be submitted to Gour by Aug. 1. First place in each category will receive $150 and $100 will go to second place. An overall winner will receive $300. Judging will take place the morning of Aug. 6.

Windows will be assigned by the committee on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may request particular windows, but there is no guarantee of availability.

For more information or a registration form, visit the Old Home Week website ( or contact Gour at 717-597-9202 or at

David King and the Spin Outs concert

WRGG and the Old Home Week Committee will present David King and the Spin Outs in concert on Monday, Aug. 8,at 7 p.m. at Green Grove Gardens.

It will be an evening of nothing but Elvis.

All seats are reserved. VIP tickets are $35, All Shook Up tickets are $30 and Moody Blue tickets are $28. Tickets are available by calling Linda Burkholder at 717 597-5460. Last Old Home Week, this event was a sellout.

Brown's Mill Consolidated School reunion

In conjunction with Old Home Week in Greencastle, a Brown's Mill Consolidated School reunion will be held on Monday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. in the Kauffman Ruritan Club.

The cost of the meal prepared by the Ruritan Club is $20 per person and there will be entertainment following the meal.

For reservations, call Delores Shindle at 717-494-9547 before Aug.1.

Shawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 yShawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 years of journalism experience. Reach her at