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Chambersburg Area School District Foundation

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Hundreds of area residents were out and about Saturday to bask in beautiful spring weather and take in a variety of activities, including Earth Day celebrations.

In St. Thomas Township, Dillon Wentz participated in a tractor pull with his 1950 Allis Chalmer tractor.

Across the county, DJ Adams and his son Liam broke up rocks and looked for fossils at one of dozens of Earth Day activities ar Renfrew Institute new Waynesboro.

The Antique & Classic Tractor Pull drew large crowds, including Boy counts from mercersburg’s Troop 28, who win their parents set up a concession stand selling snacks and soft drinks as a fundraiser to help finance other troop projects throughout the ear.

In addition to participating other other activities, the tractor was also used to cook the baked beans and steamed potatoes served at the event.

David Frantz operates a1921 Eclipse double-cylinder tractor during Saturday’s Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association Spring Fling. (Photo by Brad Rotz)
David Frantz operates a1921 Eclipse double-cylinder tractor during Saturday’s Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association Spring Fling. (Photo by Brad Rotz)

The tractor pull was part of Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association’s annual tractor Spring Fling and Consignment sale.

Dave Frantz was there with his antique 1921 Eclipse double cylinder steam-driven tractor.

In addition to participating other other activities, the tractor was also used to cook the baked beans and steamed potatoes served at the event.

Alex Gensler gets instructions from his father before he takes his turn at Saturday’s tractor pull. (Photo by Brad Rotz)
Alex Gensler gets instructions from his father before he takes his turn at Saturday’s tractor pull. (Photo by Brad Rotz)

For the Gensler family, the tractor pull was a family affair, with Alex driving a 1941 John Deere tractor and his father on hand with advice.

CVAEMA was formed in 1983 by a group of antique engine and tractor collectors. Today the organization sponsors two shows a year on its 40+ acre showgrounds located just west of Chambersburg.

As a non-profit historical association, CVAEMA focuses on bringing together individuals interested in antique steam and gas engines, tractors, power driven farm machinery, and other equipment of historical value in an effort to preserve machinery of the past.

Across the county, Renfrew Institute celebrated spring with environmental exhibits, live music, a food stand and drum circle.

Ian Hanna set up a coal-fired forge, demonstrating how blacksmiths once worked to create items from basic metals.

Mark Weaver presided over a display showing how mankind evolved over the ages.

DJ Adams,right, and son Liam looking for fossils at Renfre’s Earth Day celebration. (Photo by Brad Rotz)
DJ Adams,right, and son Liam looking for fossils at Renfre’s Earth Day celebration. (Photo by Brad Rotz)

Frank Mong displayed iron samples found in Mont Alto State Park and sold handmade craft items as a fund raiser for the purchase of playground equipment for a picnic area at Mont Alto State Park.

Mong is with the Friends of Mont Alto State Park, an all volunteer nonprofit organization.

At the Festival of Art that was part of the celebration, area artists displayed, demonstrated and sold their works as part of Earth Celebration Day.

A Recycle-Reuse Yard Sale was held in conjunction with the event.

Renfrew’s mission is to guide the people of the Cumberland Valley region to become stewards of their natural and cultural worlds.



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We are excited and have so much planned for our youth this year

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