Looking for things to do in the Cumberland Valley? Here are our best bets for June
With summer almost here, now is the time to start planning how you and your family will spend the warm days and nights.
Here are five events happening in the Cumberland Valley this June to check out. (Be sure to look out for these lists of "best bets" every month from here on out. We will publish each list a week or two before the upcoming month.)
Check out FYI in Franklin County, the Public Opinion's Facebook group for community events, for even more to do and know.
It's carnival season
After last year's carnivals and fairs were canceled or scaled back due to COVID-19, this June will be the perfect time to make up for that lost family fun. Not only is there a carnival happening somewhere in Franklin County every weekend in June, but there will actually be three happening at once on the second weekend.
Fayetteville Firemen's Carnival
Enjoy bingo, rides, games, food trucks and live entertainment. The fire company's food stand will offer its "famous" homemade chicken corn soup and ham and bean soup. Don't miss the fireworks on June 12 (rain date on June 11).
When: June 3-12. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department's carnival grounds, 101 W. Main St., Fayetteville
Cost: Parking and admission are free. Bring money for rides, games and food.
Live music: Bands take the stage at 7 p.m. each night. Here's the schedule: June 3: Guilford Station; June 4: Hubcaps; June 5: Mustang Sally; June 6: Make Mine Country; June 7: The Amish Outlaws; June 8: Sandalwood; June 9: Cash Unchained; June 10: Regan Year; June 11: Chris Woodward; June 12: Revolution
The Marion Festivals
Rides, games, bingo and entertainment are featured each Saturday evening in June in this little town between Greencastle and Chambersburg. Food trucks and Marion Volunteer Fire Company's food stand will be open.
Proceeds from this event pay for the street lights in Marion and help the Marion Athletic Association and the fire department.
When: June 5, 12, 19 and 26. The kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. each day.
Where: Marion Festival Grounds, 82 Kennedy St., Marion
Cost: No charge to park, but bring money for rides, games and food
Live music: Each festival will have three free shows (6:15, 7:30 and 9 p.m.) by a live band. Here's the schedule: June 5: Brush Fire Band; June 12: No Limit; June 19: Bobby D & the Truck Stop Burritos; June 26: Make Mine Country.
Mont Alto Fireman's Carnival
Nine nights of carnival rides, food, 25-cent bingo, small games for cash and prizes, and live music. Don't miss the fireworks on June 18 (rain date, June 19)
When: June 11-19. The kitchen opens at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Mont Alto Fire Company Event Complex, 603 E. Main St., Mont Alto
Cost: Bring money for rides, games and food. The kitchen will accept major credit cards.
Live music: June 11: Luke Lucas; June 12: Countdown Band; June 13: Fabulous Hubcaps; June 14: Chris Woodward and Shindiggin; June 15: Reagan Years; June 16: Amish Outlaws; June 17: Michael Christopher Band; June 18: Dean Crawford, Dunns River Band; June 19: Out of Line
On this national holiday celebrating the ending of slavery in the United States, the organization Racial Reconciliation will host a "love demonstration" in downtown Chambersburg.
Everyone who comes is asked to wear the official event T-shirt and jeans, as well as a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must register by June 10 in order to get the $10 shirt. It is the same T-shirt from last year's event, so previous attendees should already have it.
Make a sign to bring to the demonstration. These are the phrases you may use:
- Liberty and Justice for ALL.
- “I can’t breathe.” #blacklivesmatter
- I Will Act, Not Ignore.
- Unlearn Racism.
- Seek Justice. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly with Your God.
- Love Out Loud.
- Your Pain is My Pain.
- Love Your Neighbor.
- Interrupt Injustice.
- I Will Love, Not Hate
- Say Her Name
- Say His Name
When: 10-11 a.m. Saturday, June 19 (rain date, June 20)
Where: Chambersburg's Memorial Square
Cost: It's free to attend, but the required T-shirt is $10
How to register: Go to https://www.racialreconciliationfc.org/juneteenth by June 10
Interstate Wine Fest
If you haven't been to a bar or anywhere besides your own house to have a drink in the last year or so, this event could be just the way to break your social-drinking fast. There will be more than 15 wineries, five distilleries and five breweries on site, along with dozens of vendors, food, games, live music and more.
When: Saturday and Sunday, June 12-13
Where: Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Maryland.
Cost: General admission tickets are $35 Saturday and $29 Sunday. Other ticket options, including for non-drinkers, are available. Ticket price includes wine samples; beer and distillery samples may cost up to $1 each.
More info: interstatewinefest.com
Route 30 showing
John Putch's "Route 30" film trilogy will be shown at Totem Pole Playhouse as part of an outdoor summer movie series. Shot in and around Chambersburg, Orrtanna and other towns along Route 30, "Route 30," "Route 30, Too!" and "Route 30, Three!" tell quirky and sometimes absurd tales of folks living in southcentral Pennsylvania.
Putch practically grew up at Totem Pole Playhouse. His father, Bill Putch, ran the summer stock theater for 30 years, and many shows starred his mother, Jean Stapleton of "All in the Family" fame.
When: 8:30 p.m. June 30, and the 30th of every month this summer
Where: On the lawn at Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville
Cost: $10 per person
Know before you go: Bring a lawn chair. The films are unrated and may not be suitable for children.
More info: https://www.route30trilogy.com/
Live local history
There are two events in June where guests can step back in time and experience what it was like for local folks a couple of centuries before them.
Fort Loudoun Market Fair
This "18th century market fair" will feature more than 50 time-period artisans, demonstrations and food, as well as mark shooting, early American and Celtic music, and a blanket trader flea market. It is hosted by Muzzleloader Magazine and Franklin County Visitors Bureau
When: Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Historic Fort Loudoun, 1720 N. Brooklyn Road, Ft. Loudon
Cost: $5 admission for adults; free for ages 17 and under
More info: fortloudounpa.com/
Dairy and Farm Days
Farming was quite different in the horse-drawn era. See how it has progressed from that period until now, with displays of processing items, orcharding, butchering, potato planting and more.
This happens in Museum 2 at the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, but while you're there, check out the other parts of the complex to experience what it was like in early rural America.
When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 13
Where: Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, Md.
More info: ruralheritagemuseum.org
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