Fall events in the county offer something for everyone

September 03, 2004|by Tom Riford

It's hard to believe, but fall is just around the corner. Summer vacations are a distant memory, the kids have started school, and the hot, humid days of summer will vanish for another year.

However, there's plenty of fun to experience this month in Washington County! There's crisp air, pumpkin patches, high school football and festivals galore. Instead of going straight from the lazy days of summer to the winter holiday rush, the people of Washington County know how to celebrate the beauty of autumn and bask in all its glory. There's sure to be something to interest everyone, and it's only September!

Elvis Lives

Calling all Elvis fans! Hagerstown is the place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis' first recording. The third annual Elvis Lives in Hagerstown Music Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 11, in downtown Hagerstown's Center Parking Lot. Join three renowned Elvis tribute artists for a 6-hour musical extravaganza. Tickets are available now. Saturday's music festival tickets range from $10 to $25, depending on the location of the seats. The gates open at noon, and the show begins at 1 p.m. The event concludes at about 6 p.m. Special promotions are happening, too.


There is a "Meet The Guys" party at the Elks Club on Friday night before the festival. The party is set for Sept. 10, from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets for the Friday night event at the Elks Club are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. All of this year's proceeds will benefit the new Barbara Ingram School for Performing Arts. For more information log on to or call 301-739-2015 ext. 100.

Boonsboro event

Boonesborough Days will be celebrated in Boonsboro's Shafer Park on Sept. 11-12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The annual, old-fashioned craft festival attracts more than 10,000 people who experience the heritage of southern Washington County.

The two-day event showcases quality craftsmanship typical of 18th century Americans. Crafts persons sell everything from homemade soaps to jewelry to baskets and everything in between. There are also Civil War displays and antiques for sale, not to mention the homemade foods. Sunday morning begins with a community worship service. For more information, call 301-432-5889.

Hancock fest

The 27th Annual Hancock Canal Apple Festival kicks off with the Grand Parade through Hancock at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18. The festivities continue at Widmeyer Park until 5 p.m. and then again from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Apple Festival features arts and crafts, ongoing entertainment, a baby contest, antique and classic car displays, food vendors, and more. Parking is free and additional information is available at 301-678-6938.

Mack Roundup

Saturday, Sept. 18, also will feature a truck show, carnival rides and free live musical performances - just a few of the many attractions awaiting visitors to Mack Trucks'11th annual Bulldog Roundup. The roundup will be held rain or shine from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the plant at 13302 Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown, just off the I-81 Maugans Avenue exit. Admission is free and open to the public.

Aviation event

Also on Saturday, Sept. 18, a wonderful aviation event is happening at the Rider Jet Center at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. It's a Fairchild Reunion. A-10s will be flying in, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last A-10 delivered to the U.S. Air Force. Antique planes will also be on display, and there will be a premier showing of the NEW movie: "Hagerstown: Remembering Our Aviation Heritage." The event is free and open to the public, and the whole event is called: "Fairchild Airplanes and The People Who Built Them." The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m.

Hager House

Hagerstown's own Jonathan Hager House offers fall festivities. On Sept. 25, at 2 p.m., it will host a free lecture about incidents of witchcraft in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Please call 301-739-8393 for more information.

Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick State Park examines Maryland's Colonial-American Indian diplomacy during its special event weekend on Sept. 25-26, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily. The park will offer seminars, demonstrations and exhibits centered around the theme "American Indian Diplomacy: The Fort Frederick Treaty of 1757." There is a daily service charge to attend. For more information, call 301-842-2155 or log onto

Steam show

The Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show was started by the local athletic boosters club to enhance athletics at Smithsburg schools. It is still going strong 29 years later. This year's show will be held Sept. 25-26, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smithsburg Fire Hall grounds.

Visitors to the weekend event enjoy antique farm equipment, old steam engines, gas-powered tractors, and gas engines. There's even a parade of the equipment through town at 5 p.m. on Saturday. More than 100 vendors will be on hand. There are equipment demonstrations, and food is available, including the famed "Leopard Stew," named after the Smithsburg High Sschool Leopards. The stew is cooked all day in cast iron pots over an open flame. Every visitor should sample this local delicacy! For more information, contact 301-824-3593.

As you can see, the possibilities for fall fun in Washington County are many, and it's only September. Wait until you see what's in store next month. Take the time to enjoy the crisp days, the beautiful fall foliage, and the richness that is Washington County!

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