Sixth Annual FunFest is almost here

by Erica Duffy

Adams County Public Libraries are a vital part of our community’s learning network. FunFest is our free event that celebrates the kick-off into SummerQuest, the ACLS summer learning program.

Our sixth annual Funfest will occur on Friday, June 9, from 307 p.m. at Gettysburg Rec Park.

We encourage children and families to attend FunFest to learn more about SummerQuest. We have 35 booths participating this year! with crafts and activities that center around the SummerQuest theme: All Together Now. We hope that you will visit each booth to learn more about what resources are available to you and your family. All six of the ACLS branches will be there with a booth and a fun activity. Stop by and say hi to your favorite librarians and find out what programs will be offered at each branch this summer.

One of the best parts of FunFest is getting out there and dancing to the music! We look forward to having HD Entertainment join us this year! There is also something for everyone to do at FunFest!

Adventure in Fun will be there and ready to paint faces and make balloon animals! We will have lots of fun with the ACLS .5k run again this year. There will also be Cornhole, a miniature horse, and goats; the Seeing Eye Dogs and K Pets will be there too! The Painted Horse Brotherhood motorcycles, firetruck, and police cars will be back again too. Be sure to visit ACNB Bank’s booth to meet their mascot Buckley to get your picture taken with him! 

The Thunderbolt organization booth will offer special story times throughout the event, and a schedule will be available at the ACLS library booth. You may have heard of “Elephant and Piggie” and “Frog and Toad” from their book series and visits to the library. The characters will be at their tent and also mingling around for photo opportunities. 

And, there is more- food! This year’s food trucks are The PA Dairyman’s Association’s milkshake truck, Mr. Y’s Shaved Ice, The Mexican Food truck, Kay Melts, Papa Louie’s, and JJ’s Southern Smoke. Kiwanis will also be there to sell hot dogs, pretzels, and more!

FunFest is a free event for our community and we wouldn’t be able to host it every year without the support from sponsors. We thank Burkentine and Sheetz for being FunFest sponsors and SEK CPA’s and Advisors for sponsoring the Gettysburg branch booth.

A BIG thank you to this year’s FunFest Major Event Sponsors: FrontRunner Construction, ACNB Bank and Gettysburg Dental Associates! Be sure to visit their tables at FunFest to learn about how they help our county residents.

FunFest is a great opportunity to gain exposure for your business/organization as a vendor or a sponsor. We had over 3,000 attendees in 2022 and hope to see even more participants this year! Are you interested in sharing with our community the wonderful support you offer? We have a few spots left! Contact Erica Duffy at ericad@adamslibrary.org or 717-809-9190.  

Erica Duffy is Development Officer for the Adams County Library System.

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