SunFest fills town to over­flow­ing

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

RIS­ING SUN

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— SunFest 2016 started with a pa­rade and ended with a vin­tage base­ball game.

This was the 27th year for the pop­u­lar street festival, which orig­i­nated with the idea of at­tract­ing shop­pers to down­town busi­nesses.

Of­fi­cials with the Ris­ing Sun Cham­ber of Com­merce con­sid­ered this year’s SunFest to be a huge suc­cess. At least 112 ven­dors set up for the event in Cen­ter Square, ex­tend­ing into the Howard Bank park­ing lot off Pearl Street.

The cham­ber added two new en­ter­tain­ment events this year: a tug of war, pit­ting the cham­ber against town of­fi­cials, and a pie eat­ing con­test.

Ris­ing Sun res­i­dent John Kor­nak said he came pre­pared to de­vour a pie in record time.

“It was years and years of watch­ing pro­fes­sional hot dog eat­ing con­tests,” Kor­nak said of his win­ning style.

He was one of five adults com­pet­ing. Af­ter a win­ner was de­clared, the cleanup of faces be­gan. Kris­ten Nguyen dabbed at her face with a tis­sue.

“I got pie up my nose,” the Lin­coln Univer­sity, Pa. woman ex­plained.

The cham­ber de­feated town of­fi­cials in a best of three com­pe­ti­tion for the tug of war.

In the first heat, Ris­ing Sun Po­lice of­fi­cers Stephen McKin­ney and Daniel Stick­ney jumped on the cham­ber’s side at the last minute and pulled them to vic­tory. As they walked away from the scene, Com­mis­sioner Allen Authen­reath called them out. His pro­nounce­ment to each of­fi­cer that “you’re fired” was fol­lowed with good-na­tured laugh­ter.

By the third pull, both of­fi­cers and Po­lice Chief Chip Peter­son helped the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers get a win.

As the ven­dors closed up shop for the day, SunFest moved to the base­ball field be­hind Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School. There, a vin­tage base­ball game be­tween the Base Ball Club of Ris­ing Sun against The Ch­e­sa­peake Nine played out.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The Ris­ing Sun Cham­ber of Com­merce gets a sud­den boost in the Tug of War when Ris­ing Sun Po­lice Of­fi­cers Stephen McKin­ney and Daniel Stick­ney join their team.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Pil­isa Mackey per­forms “Let It Go” as part of the SunFest en­ter­tain­ment.

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