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Ephrata Fair Draws Large Crowds With Endless Family Fun

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Gorgeous autumn weather ushered in the 103rd annual Ephrata Fair, and the support shown by the community was amazing. From large numbers at Tent City to a packed midway, the crowd seemed eager to enjoy this fall tradition. Shown in the photos, clockwise starting top left are: midway rides and concessions beautifully captured by our photographer who used the shiny top of an ATM to catch reflecting colors; three smiling ladies including (left to right) Madelyn Whitcraft (Miss MidState’s Outstanding Teen), Kacy Hartmann (Make-A-Wish rep) and Miranda Moore (Miss Lancaster County); next are spectators enjoying the tractor games; a pumpkin transformed into a cat thanks to an artistic individual; a boy reacting in utter amazement as he catches a glimpse in the mirror of the cool art on his face done by Joyful Canvas Face Painting; one would never expect to see Snow White at Tent City, but there she is playing in the corn bin; little Emma Burkholder pets an adorable pint-sized pig; the crew from the Ephrata AMVETS and their awesome float, shown left to right (front row), Bailey, Kami, and Marley, (back row) Alejandra, Jessica, Carol, Amy and Faith; and last but not least is a photo featuring Akron’s own legend of lawn mower racing, Kevin Martin, who is hanging on for dear life as his ground-shredding MTD race mower throws piles of dirt on anyone unlucky enough to be behind him. The lawn mower races were a huge hit with 400 to 500 spectators in attendance and will hopefully return next year.

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Mutts And Motors, A Day Of Hope And Second Chances

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Ladies Lending Paws (LLP), a non-profit charitable organization, in conjunction with Blue Ridge and I105-WIOV will be hosting their first Mutts & Motors Car, Truck, Bike and Jeep Show on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Stevens Fire Hall, 91 Stevens Road, Stevens. The Car Show registration is $10 per vehicle and begins at 9:00 a.m. The show will feature free admission, crafts and vendors, entertainment, food trucks, door prizes, raffles, and adoptable dogs. Dash plaques for the first 100 registrants and trophies will be awarded. Proceeds from the day benefit: Leo’s Helping Paws, a volunteer group that provides financial assistance to dog rescue groups for veterinary care, with a primary focus on puppy mill dogs, abused and neglected dogs, and to educate the community about puppy mills; Pitties. Love. Peace., whose mission is to save those neglected and suffering at the hands of humans and to adopt them into loving forever homes; and Charlie’s Crusaders, whose mission is to rescue, provide sanctuary, and ultimately to re-home abandoned, stray and neglected dogs. You can also donate blankets, treats, toys, food, and cleaning supplies as they ‘Fill the Truck’ for local rescues. The event also is raising money for Misfits On A Mission, a Relay for Life team supporting the American Cancer Society. Please join them for “A Day of Hope & Second Chances.”

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are: Lindsay Tshudy (LLP-Mutts & Motors) with her furry friends Bestow and Winnie; Elsie Kauffman (Stevens Fire Company Station 17-3 Trustee); Cindy Mellinger (Blue Ridge, LLP-Mutts & Motors); and Casey Allyn (I-105, LLP-Mutts & Motors) with her fur baby Mia. Shown in the background is a 1951 Chevrolet Fire Truck, courtesy of Stevens Fire Company.

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Gehmans Mennonite School Benefit Auction Planned

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

Gehmans Mennonite School invites you to come out to their benefit auction on Saturday, October 8 beginning at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment begins at 4:00 p.m. with the Ironwood Drive Band, at 5:00 p.m. will be Ryan & Friends, and from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the auction will be held. There will be plenty of food available and proceeds will benefit the school’s new gym project. The school is located at 650 Gehman School Road, Denver.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (front) Justin Landis, Alexicia Nolt; (back) Mr. Wenger, Viktor Prikhodko, Alexis Oberholtzer, Alyssa Rollman, Kade Sensenig, Everett Martin, Katie Zook and Chloe Martin.

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“Pieces From The Past” – Featuring The Terre Hill Historical Society

Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese

“Pieces From The Past” continues this week, featuring the Terre Hill Historical Society. In this weekly article, Shopping News readers will learn about local items housed in local museums and historical societies.

This week’s piece features three hitching posts, which were quite abundant in Terre Hill in the days of horse drawn travel. These three posts luckily were saved from being sent to the scrap pile. The horse head version is somewhat unique and is thought to have once been located in front of Watts General Store.

The Historical Society’s meeting night is held the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Terre Hill Community Center. The club is encouraging anyone who has an interest in Terre Hill and its rich history to come out to any meeting night and join them in this effort to preserve the history for future generations. Also, the society is always looking for anyone who has old artifacts from Terre Hills’ past to add to their collection. If you wish to donate any items, they are always greatly appreciated. If you would like to become part of this group or wish to contribute your time or artifacts, please come on the third Thursday of each month to the community center, or email or call Ron at or 717-466-6509. Please also call Ron if you are interested in a tour so an appointment can be scheduled.