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150 exhibit at event

September 12, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - J.J. Burker at first seemed reluctant to be hoisted onto the pony that was much larger than him. He reached a plaintive arm toward his grandmother, but quickly was soothed by two girls leading the pony around.

Any reticence on his part was overcome by elation.

"I'm a cowboy!" he proclaimed after being helped out of the saddle.

Pony rides were one of the many activities going on Saturday at the 33rd annual Boonesborough Days celebration in Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park. The event continues today.

The festival is centered around arts and crafts, with the official program for Boonesborough Days listing 150 exhibitors.

One of them was Nancy Anders, of Carroll County, Md.

Anders had hand-painted items for sale, including wooden decorative items and ornaments. She uses a painting technique called tole and decorative, which originated in France.

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Anders started painting on canvas in the 1970s and realized she enjoyed it more than drawing.

"Now, it's an addiction," she said.

It also can help ease some stress that Anders suffers on the job as a manager in the Maryland State Police's Westminster barracks.

"This is definitely therapeutic," she said.

Although Anders said larger arts and crafts shows can be chaotic, Boonesborough Days offers a more relaxing environment.

"It's delightful," she said. "The stream. The kids playing. It's just a real family-oriented fun day."

A few tents away Andy and Betty Anderson of Martinsburg, W.Va., had small wooden trains on display.

The couple have been exhibiting for 28 years.

"It's a retirement hobby," Andy Anderson said.

The designer and builder of the trains, Anderson said his father worked on the railroads. He did as well before joining the Navy.

"Trains were just special in our lives," he said.

The couple uses some exotic woods, but mostly West Virginia woods such as walnut, oak and cherry. Toddlers can stick the trains in their mouths, as they are wont to do, because they feature a nontoxic finish of mineral oil and beeswax.

"They're edible," Andy Anderson joked.

Like Anders, both said they enjoy the festival.

"For the most part, the weather always seems to be good," Betty Anderson said.

Sitting on a wall of one of the stone bridges crossing the creek in Shafer Memorial Park was Sadie Garner of Fayetteville, Pa.

"I love my chocolate-covered banana. It is so good," Garner said.

Asked what prompted her to attend the festival, Garner offered a pregnant pause, as if the answer should be obvious.

"It's Boonesborough Days," she said. "You gotta come. Every year."

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