All-Star cheerleaders featured at dunking booth

CANTON - Some new All-Star cheerleaders made a splashy debut at the Canton Fireman's Fair Thursday in Canton.

Cheerleaders with the Tenacity Cheer Elite squad sat on the dunking booth at the fair Thursday evening, giving people a chance to hit the target with a softball and dunk them.

The new group is made up of kids from Bradford County, mostly in the Troy-Canton area, according to the owner, Marcie Jennings of Canton.

She said there are 32 cheerleaders, including a junior team and a senior team.

They will be competing in Harrisburg, Elmira, N.Y., Williamsport, Scranton, and Hershey. The senior team will be competing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. next year.

The cheerleaders were seeking to raise money to help pay for uniforms and competition fees.

Their first competition takes place in November in Horseheads, N.Y.

"It's a stress reliever," said one of the cheerleaders, Stormy Powell of Canton, about being an All-Star cheerleader. "It's nice to have a get-away from everything."

Jennings said the cheerleaders this summer have been conditioning and practicing tumbling.

She said being an all-star cheerleader takes determination, hard work, and teamwork.

It also takes dedication.

"You have to be at every practice," she said.

One person who knows something about dedication is Beverly Griffin. The Canton postal clerk has been helping out every night in the pizza booth at the fair, according to Jodie Bardo, with the fire department.

"I think it's wonderful," Bardo said. "She volunteers for the week to do it."

"She's a very peppy, bubbly person, so it adds a lot of life to the pizza shack."

Also at the fair, a clown, Chickie Dee, was talking to kids at the fire prevention trailer.

A firefighter, Drew Stevens, said the fire prevention trailer teaches children to stay low in a fire and to beware of hot spots.

Zane Reid was enjoying the car ride.

His mother, Julee Reid, said they enjoy the fair.

"It's one of the better ones around for us," she said.

Gary & The Bandits was the entertainment Thursday night, and Jubal will play tonight.

Saturday night will be the Grand Finale Fireworks Display, with MidNight Sun performing.

Rich Bardo announced over the public address system that the boneless chicken wings were popular this year. They are a new offering.

He said they've gone so well, the fire department had to get two shipments to keep up with the demand.

Jodie Bardo said attendance picked up Wednesday night, with 4,500 people showing up.

She said the weather looks good for the rest of the week, so she was hopeful for a good attendance.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: