Day Trip Destination: ChambersFest

Unlike my previous Day Trip Destination posts, this one is an annual event. ChambersFest is a weeklong community festival that includes events such as Restaurant Week, Scoop-a-Palooza, Tim & Susan Cook Race, Burning of Chambersburg, and more.

My focus for this column is specifically on the events that happen Saturday the 16th. There is definitely something for everyone here in beautiful Chambersburg.

Old Market Day

Start the morning with Old Market Day from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. You can start in the morning or come later if you like. There will be hundreds of artisans, craft vendors, food trucks, and community organizations that will line the streets of downtown.

I’ll be there as well, representing a community organization I am involved with. If you see me say hi! This is a great time to meet some new people, learn more about the area’s organizations, eat some delicious food and enjoy time together. More details here.

Book Signing at Old Jail

For history and book lovers alike, there will be a book signing at the Old Jail. Virginia Stake will be signing the reprint of John Brown in Chambersburg 1859 with additional chapters.

Executive Director Ann Hull and Carlton Bigler will sign their new book “The Way We Were Continues….” The museum is located inside the Old Franklin County Jail, 175 East King Street, Chambersburg and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arts & Entertainment

The Council for the Arts will have a new exhibit for your enjoyment called Architecturally Designed: The Places We Live, Work and Play. You can see this at 103 N. Main Street.

The A Capella & Unplugged Finals will take place at 15 S. Main Street at 7 p.m. Seven finalists remain, including Willeby Hayes, Cagan Goldstein, Dee Calhoun, Ryan Brandenburg, Anne Spangle, Lauren Dukehart & Andelena Jackson.

1864 The Burning of Chambersburg Reenactment

As darkness approaches at 9PM, the town will transform to 1864 and the story of the town’s ransoming, burning, and rebirth will come to life with incredible light and atmospheric effects. Various activities will lead up to the reenactment of the Burning of Chambersburg light show. More details at