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Coming up NXT: Peaches and performances in the Tri-State area

Coming up NXT: Peaches and performances in the Tri-State area

The Leitersburg Ruritan Peach Festival returns on Saturday, Aug. 10, and Sunday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Leitersburg Ruritan Club in Leitersburg. Admission is free and there will be free shuttle rides from parking lots. Pets will not be admitted.

Organizations teaming up for the annual festival include the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., St. Paul’s Evangelical Free Lutheran Church, the orchards and around 130 participating vendors including woodworkers, jewelry makers, potters and metal smiths.

The festival will open Saturday morning with singing of the national anthem and a color guard presentation. There will be a climbing wall, petting zoo, pony rides, barrel train, chainsaw carving, blacksmith demonstrations and other free entertainment for families. Prophets of the Abstract Truth, The Tonehounds, The Brahman Noodles, Rob Rowe and others will provide live music.

The Peach Festival 5k Race will be Sunday at 8 a.m., with a course leading runners and walkers through the rolling hills of local orchards along both roads and trails. Cost is $20.

Other highlights will be the Peach Princess naming and a peach pie contest.

Each year at the festival, the Ruritan sells around 1,500 pounds of hand-cut french fries and sausage sandwiches, while the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co. peddles pit beef sandwiches.

U.S. Fleet Forces Band to perform August 10 at HCC

The Hagerstown Community College Alumni Association will host the U.S. Fleet Forces Band’s Wind Ensemble as part of its annual Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6:15 p.m., in HCC’s Alumni Amphitheater.

U.S. Fleet Forces Band, known as “The Finest of the Fleet,” is the musical representative for Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. The band provides musical support for ships, military bases, foreign dignitaries, and community events throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio River Valley region, and regularly deploys to Central and South America. Under the direction of Lt. Gregory Fritz, the band is staffed by some of the U.S. Navy’s finest and most talented musicians. The Wind Ensemble will present a wide-range of music from traditional marches, popular songs, patriotic favorites, and the finest works of wind band literature.

The concert is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Please note that no outside food is permitted on the amphitheater grounds and concerts are subject to change by the U.S. military.

For more information about the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, visit or call 240-500-2346. To learn more about the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, visit

Luhrs Center announces 12 new performances for 2019-20 lineup

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is announcing the addition of 12 new shows to their 2019-20 season lineup. Tickets are now on sale.

The new events include:

  • Collective Soul – Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m.
  • George Thorogood and The Destroyers – Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Scotty McCreery – Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
  • So You Think You Can Dance Live 2019! – Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.
  • Blues Traveler – 25th Anniversary of FOUR Tour – Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
  • BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical – Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Jeanne Robertson – Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.
  • Lewis Black: The Jokes of US Tour 2019 – Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas” – Dec. 15, 6 p.m.
  • The Tap Pack – Feb. 9, 3 p.m.
  • The Stylistics – March 13, 7:30 p.m.
  • The Bachelor Live on Stage – March 31, 7:30 p.m.

The lineup also includes a Pick 6 Promo option. Purchase the same number of tickets to six of the newly announced shows to receive a ten percent discount on your purchase. All six shows must be purchased at the same time and can only be purchased online. Offer does not include Michael W. Smith’s “Christmas.”

For additional information about these events or other performances within the 2019-2020 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717-477-SHOW or visit A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more for most events.

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