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Smithsburg marks 190th anniversary

July 02, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - When Smithsburg holds its annual Pride Days July 19-20, the celebration will be a double one.

"This year is not only the 10th annual Pride Days but it is also the 190th anniversary of the town's founding," said Charlie Slick, one of the organizers of the two-day event. "That's special."

Activities will begin early on Saturday, July 19, with an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Hall on North Main Street.

Also planned for July 19 are a 5-K and fun run starting at the carnival grounds at 8 and 8:30 a.m. respectively and a Cal Ripken baseball tournament throughout the day. The grand parade begins at 11 a.m. and marchers will go from Fil-Tec to the tennis courts.

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Throughout Saturday, there will be live entertainment, exhibits by crafters and townspeople, open houses at a number of churches, a Civil War encampment at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on Maple Avenue, a model railroad display in Town Hall, Reptile World at St. Anne's at 2 p.m. and capped off with a street dance on Railroad Lane from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

A 56-page commemorative book is being published this year for the event, Slick said. "We still need money from sponsors who have been a little slow in responding this year," he said. "We're about $1,000 short as of June 3."

On Sunday, July 20, the day begins with a church service at 8 a.m. at St. Anne's.

A car and truck show at the carnival grounds kicks off at 9 a.m. and the Cal Ripken baseball tournament will again be a daylong affair.

Continuous music, Civil War displays, open houses and food will be available Sunday, Slick said.

A highlight of the two-day event will be the coronation of Miss Teen Smithsburg at 3 p.m. on Railroad Lane, Slick said.

The goal of the event is to raise money to help with the construction of the new Smithsburg Library and give people, who might not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to donate to that cause.

The winner will be the one who raises the most money during Pride Days.

One can support a favorite contestant by going to the library booth on Maple Avenue and putting donations in the container of choice.

The Town of Smithsburg and the Friends of Smithsburg Library are in the process of raising money to build the new library in Smithsburg's Veterans Park.

The existing 1,100-square-foot building is to be replaced with a 10,000-square-foot building that will have more room for books and more computer stations, children's programs, reading areas and a meeting room.

The cost is estimated at $1 million, with $675,000 raised so far, according to Nick Shillinger, coordinator of this year's events.

Miss Teen Smithsburg candidates are:

  • Kathryn Jones, 15, a member of the Smithsburg High School marching and concert bands, the Latin Club, student government, Destination Imagination Team and Trinity Lutheran Church.

    When asked what she enjoys most about living in Smithsburg, Kathryn said that she loves the "neat old buildings that have such history" as well as all of the wonderful small town activities, like the Steam and Craft Show, Pride Days and the Volunteer Firemen's Carnival.

  • Kelli Hill, 14, is a member of student government, Latin Club and the SHS Show Choir. She sings and loves acting and bowling.

    For Kelli, growing up in Smithsburg is about the small and friendly community, and the beautiful surroundings - "at how many other schools can you look out the window and see mountains?" she said.

  • Kimberly Bachtell, 15, loves to sing and dance. She is a member of student government, Latin Club, show choir and the drama club. She is freshman class president and appeared in the spring production of "Footloose."

    When asked what she enjoys most about living in Smithsburg, Kimberly said, "it's a small town, so it just seems like one big family."

  • Jayna Harshman, 13, enjoys studying dance and piano. She also loves reading and scrapbooking and is a member of the yearbook committee, the S.H.S. orchestra and is an active member of her youth group.

    For Jayna, Smithsburg is wonderful because of the "great school" and all of the "friendly people."

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