Dick Foster, Penny Jacobsen crowned Yorkfest King and Queen

YORK – During the annual Yorkfest Royalty luncheon held Friday, Dick Foster and Penny Jacobsen were crowned as the new Yorkfest King and Queen.

They were presented the Yorkfest Royalty crowns which have been worn by Susan Cox and Steve Moseley since last September.

The criteria for royalty include they must be a resident of York County for at least five years; be at least 45 years old; have a proven record of outstanding volunteerism and/or work performance; and they have to be available for the Yorkfest coronation and weekend celebration.

The king and queen are not required to attend events all year, but typically they have represented York at many different celebrations throughout the following 12 months after being crowned.

Foster was recognized for his volunteer work with many local organizations, including the Emmanuel-Faith Lutheran High School, the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, York Adopt A Pet, the Orphan Grain Train, Wessels Living History Farm and the York Area Senior Center.

Those who nominated him said they “couldn’t begin to know all that Mr. Foster has contributed to the community. What I’ve personally seen is when there is an opportunity to volunteer, you can bet he is there and ready to work. He has helped at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in many capacities, including janitorial work, the Grain Train program, funeral lunches, Vacation Bible School, soup suppers, Trunk or Treat and probably more. He assists with school lunches at the E-F school by cleaning up or helping set up tables. He has also helped with Vacation Bible School. He is also known to walk into a soup supper at Faith Lutheran a little bit before starting time and asking how he can help. His heart and hands continue to serve others and serve Jesus non-stop.”

Foster worked at Coast to Coast and Ace Hardware for over 50 years. Nominators said, “Customers would seek him out as he always knew how best to help each customer with such a willing attitude.”

Jacobsen was recognized for her work with York Adopt A Pet, her church and in many other capacities.

The people who nominated her called her “a true gem. She has gone above and beyond. She is on the York Adopt A Pet Board and makes sure the yards are mowed each week. She is very involved in Emmanuel Lutheran Church. When several members of the congregation were participating in a Bible study, she held the same Bible study at Willow Brook so members there could also participate. She brings several Willow Brook residents to church as well. She has also helped to organize Operation Staff Lift Up for Little Blessings/Emmanuel-Faith Lutheran School staff. She helped contact congregation members to adopt staff members during the Christmas holiday in 2020 and at the end of the year in 2022 to help lift spirits and to let the staff know they are appreciated. She also organized taking Willow Brook residents to the church soup supper and volunteered to drive the YPS charter bus for transportation. She also took residents in the charter bus to look at Christmas lights in December. She has looked after a house of an elderly friend who moved out of the area, until it was ready to sell. She has taken her vacation time from work to drive for Emmanuel-Faith field trips. She also volunteers her time to operate the scoreboard for the Cornerstone Legion baseball games.”

Jacobsen’s professional life has included being a materials management technician at York General, being a CNA at the Hearthstone, a bus driver for York Public Schools and a teacher for YPS until 2020.

One nominator said, “She is very hard working and efficient. She is also very compassionate and giving. She is always looking for ways to give more to the Hearthstone residents. She often goes up on her own time to do activities with them.”

It was also noted she was awarded the 2021 York General Employee of the Year.

Following the official coronation, Foster and Jacobsen assumed their duties for the weekend, presiding over the weekend’s Yorkfest celebrations, including being special star guests in the Yorkfest Parade on Saturday.



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