On a breezy autumn day with Adams County’s landscape at its peak of fall color, 48 driver-navigator teams took part in the 16th annual running of the Land Conservancy of Adams County’s Fall Classic Road Rally. With the help of 53 corporate sponsors, the Oct. 18 event raised $17,305 in support of the Land Conservancy’s mission to preserve the rural lands and character of Adams County.
This year’s Rally theme was “The Churches of Adams County,” and rally stops featured the diversity and history of Adams County’s spiritual community. Rally teams set off from St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Buchanan Valley Road, and stops included the Fall Festival at Camp Eder in Hamiltonban Township, Camp Nawakwa in Menallen Township, Bender’s Lutheran Church outside of Biglerville, and Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries at the Freedom Valley Worship Center in Straban Township. Perhaps the most unique stop was at Keystone Fur Dressing (representing Noah’s Ark), located on Route 34 near Bendersville.
The perfect mix of friendly competition and a beautiful drive in the country, the Land Conservancy Road Rally led teams through numbered route instructions as they looked for clues to Adams County’s fascinating and lesser-known sights. Participants were judged on their ability to follow directions, solve clues, and arrive at the Finish Line party with the most correct answers.
This year’s Finish Line Party was held at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church’s Xavier Center, where prizes were presented by this year’s honorary Rally Master, David Wright, pastor of the Gettysburg Presbyterian Church and president of the Gettysburg Ministerium. Refreshments were provided by the St. Francis Xavier Church Latino community.
The winners of the 2014 Grand Champion prize were driver Jane Gwyn and navigator Barb Guise, who were chosen at random from among the teams submitting a perfect score sheet. The winning team received the Adams County National Bank Conservancy Cup adorned with the coveted “fuzzy dice,” as well as a $150 gift certificate from Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers.
Winning the Coolest Car Award, sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation, was Tom Brabender, who drove a 1957 turquoise Olds Fiesta.
The John R. White People’s Choice Character Award, which honors the most original team costume, went to “The Killer Angels,” comprised of the Land Conservancy’s conservation coordinator Sarah Kipp, as well as Dan Rice, Brady Luceno, and Dan Seals. Costumes are optional at the Road Rally, but many teams choose to participate in costumes fitting the Rally theme.
The President’s Cup, endowed through a gift by Conservancy past-president Dick Mountfort and his wife Donna to recognize the team that has participated in or volunteered at the most Road Rallies, was awarded to Phillip Gomer, who served as the driver for the Gorman family.
The goal of the Road Rally is to introduce participants to Adams County’s beautiful landscape by routing them through the county’s less-traveled back roads. “We love to take teams to places they’ve never been before, in their own back yard,” said Rally Master Bob McIlhenny.
RALLY BUCKS SPONSORS
- ACNB Bank
- Adamik Insurance Agency
- Adams County Democratic Committee
- Adams County Economic Development Corp.
- Adams County Farmers Market Association
- Adams County Nursery
- Adams Electric Cooperative
- Agrarian Associates
- Berkshire-Hathaway Home Services
- Beyond All Boundaries
- Boyer Nurseries & Orchards
- British Road Rovers Touring Association
- Campbell & White
- Cape Seasonings
- Carl E. Frantz, Inc.
- Conewago Enterprises
- Confederate Woods Veterinary Hospital
- C.S. Davidson, Inc.
- Destination Gettysburg
- East Berlin Beverage Dist.
- General Pickett’s Buffets
- Gettysburg Anniversary Committee
- Gettysburg Beer Runners
- Gettysburg Foundation
- Gettysburg Times
- Great Conewago Presbyterian Church
- Hanover Shoe Farms
- Hockley & O’Donnell Insurance
- Hollabaugh Bros., Inc.
- Kuhn Orchards
- Lordeman Associates
- Mason Dixon Home Inspection
- McIlhenny Banners
- Mike KARS
- Puhl, Eastman & Thrasher
- RE/MAX of Gettysburg
- Scott & Co. Fine Jewelers
- St. James Lutheran Church
- The Taney Corporation
- Tossed and Found Art
- United Way of Adams County
Some valued Road Rally sponsors, because of the nature of their businesses, will not be participating in the Rally Bucks program. We appreciate their sponsorship all the same!