The festival was created in the 1980's to commemorate the burning and rebirth of the town during the Civil War. More than 400 buildings were destroyed.
But it’s not the destruction community members remember, it's the rebuilding of the town they are most proud of.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of that historic event, and at this year's Chambersfest, it is all about celebrating the community.
"It’s also about promoting the spirit and creating a vitality in the community. To make a community more livable, desirable,” said David Sciamanna, president of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
This year is also the tenth anniversary of the
"We have a lot of history [in
What started as a one-day event has turned into a month-long celebration, drawing in not only people but also businesses.
"It’s not just the Chamber, but there are a lot of partners involved in these events to really help promote and celebrate the quality of life in the community,” said Sciamanna.
CM Pig Out BBQ is just one of many businesses involved in Chambersfest.
"It's been very good to be involved in the Chambersfest, especially for the kick-off. And we've had a lot of support of a lot of the businesses in
The festival is expected to draw in thousands of people. The turnout is a sign that the community still remembers its history and the bravery of those who endured the burning of the town 150 years ago.
For a full list of Chambersfest events, click here.
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