Boonsboro adds trolley rides to its annual celebration

September 08, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

BOONSBORO - This weekend is shaping up to be a lively one in Boonsboro with the 33rd annual Boonesborough Days celebration and a 9/11 commemoration parade.

The two-day festival is centered in Shafer Park and features crafts, food and entertainment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The parade, organized by the Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Department, will begin Saturday at 5 p.m. at the schools complex and proceed east through town, according to Town Manager John Kendall.


Kendall and festival organizers Cindy Zang, Wanda Heuer and Jan Wetterer were concerned about traffic leaving Boonesborough Days running into the parade. Efforts will be made to have law enforcement direct traffic, Kendall said.

At Boonesborough Days, an old favorite will be back and a unique activity that organizers hope will become a favorite is slated to debut.

The old favorite making a comeback is funnel cakes, Heuer said. The fried batter confection topped with powdered sugar has been missing in recent years, she said.

The new attraction is trolley rides through town, complete with CD player narration in air-conditioned comfort.

"This year, we have secured a reproduction trolley from Martinsburg, W.Va.," Kendall said.

Sponsored by the town's economic development commission, the trolley will take people east on Main Street from the old train station, turning onto Reeder's Alley and then traveling back to the station.

The cost per trip is expected to be $4 for ages 13 to 62. Those older than 62 will pay $3 while ages 5 to 12 will pay $2. Those younger than 5 ride free.

Hats bearing the trolley logo will be available for sale.

Committee chairwoman Zang said new artisans, vendors and performances this year will include Joan Bontempo, who uses Sharpsburg clay in her pottery; Stonehearth Bakery of Frederick, Md.; and Cindy McGee and her Flights End Raptor Center.

Among the returning exhibitors, Zang said, are Harry Richardson's art studio; Tanners Creek leather handbags; Hagerstown Valley Apian Society of Williamsport; SMT Relic and Coin Club; and Tim and Cindy Hannah's Fox's Run Miniatures.

More than 150 artisans will be on hand for the two days.

The Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick will have a display this year, Zang said. And Skip's Grist Mill from Van Clevesville, W.Va., is planning demonstrations.

All town ordinances will be enforced Saturday and Sunday, Zang said. That means the ban on skateboards, pets, mopeds, in-line skates, bikes and scooters will be in place.

Food available will include barbecued chicken, buffalo burgers, sticky buns, desserts, apple dumplings, chicken corn soup, kettle corn, ice cream and sweet potato fries.

On Sunday, there will be an antique car display and a church worship service at the park gazebo at 10 a.m., Zang said.

This year's Boonesborough Days is sponsored by Farmers and Merchants Bank, and Hagerstown Trust.

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