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Event fosters community pride

July 14, 2005|by KRISTIN WILSON

kristinw@herald-mail.com

For the growing community of Smithsburg, the annual Pride Days celebration is a way for new residents to get to know the downtown district and for long-term residents to remember their town.

"The theme is pride in our community," says Charlie Slick, business manager for the 12th annual Smithsburg Pride Days. "We wanted to focus on all parts of the town, not just our past."

Pride Days, held rain or shine Saturday, July 16, and Sunday, July 17, combines live entertainment with food and craft vendors, sporting events and open house hours.

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"We have a variety of craft vendors and nonprofit groups that share the spaces," Slick says. "It's basically to promote the businesses and nonprofits in the town."

Dozens of businesses and organizations will open their doors Saturday and Sunday to take part in the celebration. Street vendors will set up along Maple Avenue and Railroad Lane. Both roads will be blocked to traffic.

Slick says Pride Days is a good time for people to visit Smithsburg and get to know the area.

For new residents moving into Smithsburg, the celebration helps introduce them to the community, he says.

"I think that's one of the attractions to the program, it gives (people) an idea of the history," Slick says. "We're a growing community - one of the fastest growing in the area. We have a lot to be proud of."

Smithsburg Pride Days schedule

Saturday, July 16

  • 7 a.m. - Registration for the 5K and Fun Run, both sponsored by the Smithsburg High School Cross Country Team.

  • 7 a.m. - All-you-can-eat breakfast at the North Main Street Fire Hall

  • 8 a.m. - Fun Run starts

  • 8:30 a.m. - 5K race starts

  • 11 a.m. - Parade travels along Water Street and Bradbury Avenue from Fil-Tec Inc. to the tennis courts

  • 11:30 a.m. - Live music, story time and workshop, Blueberry Moose, 17 N. Main Street

  • Noon to 4 p.m. - Tim Rowland book signing, Maple Avenue; open house at Trinity Lutheran Church, North Main Street; antique quilt show, North Main Street; children's games, activities and pony rides; open house at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, South Main Street; open house at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Maple Avenue; Civil War artifact exhibit; open house at Emergency Medical Service, Maple Avenue; open house at the historical society, North Main Street

  • 12:30 p.m. - Karate demonstration by Smith's Karate, EMS Grounds

  • 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. - Music by Port City Java Jammers, Maple Avenue

  • 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - Music by Justin Kalk, Railroad Lane

  • 2:30 p.m. - Traveling Tails reptile exhibition

  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Pot-pie supper at Fire Hall

  • 7:30 p.m. - Karaoke, Railroad Lane

  • 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. - Street dance, Railroad Lane

  • All day - Cal Ripken League Baseball Tournament; tennis tournament; open house at Harshman's Automotive, 36 E. Water Street; Washington County Children's Village; chain saw carver exhibit and demonstrations, Maple Avenue; craft and food vendors


Sunday, July 17

  • 8 a.m. - Community worship service, grounds of St. Anne's Church

  • n 11 a.m. - Book signing with Frank Woodring, historical society, North Main Street

  • Noon - Live entertainment and story time, Blueberry Moose, 17 N. Main Street

  • Noon to 4 p.m. - Children's activities, party wagon and pony rides, St. Anne's Church grounds; Washington County Children's Village; Civil War artifact exhibit

  • Noon to 5 p.m. - Chain saw carver exhibit and demonstration, Maple Avenue; craft and food vendors, Maple Avenue and Railroad Lane

  • 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Music by Justin Kalk, Railroad Lane

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Tennis tournament playoffs, tennis courts on Bradbury Avenue

  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Antique quilt show; open house hours at Emergency Medical Service, Maple Avenue; St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Maple Avenue; St. Paul's United Methodist Church, South Main Street; Trinity Lutheran Church, North Main Street; historical society, North Main Street

  • 1:30 p.m. - K-9 demonstration by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, Railroad Lane

  • 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. - Crossroads, Maple Avenue

  • 2:30 p.m. - Car extraction demonstration, EMS grounds

  • All day - Cal Ripken League Baseball Tournament, baseball field





If you go ...


WHAT: Smithsburg Pride Days

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17

WHERE: Throughout Smithsburg, Maple Avenue and Railroad Lane

COST: Free

DIRECTIONS: Take Md. 64 east from Hagerstown. Turn left onto Md. 66. Go about one mile into Smithsburg.

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